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Heritage Centre blog - celebrating 75 years of Anaesthesia

Heritage Centre blog - celebrating 75 years of Anaesthesia

In 1946 the Association launched our new quarterly publication, Anaesthesia with a foreword from the then president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The associated editorial from Henry Featherstone recounted the many challenges of the time, and set out why the inauguration of our own specialty journal was necessary. Its publication came 100 years following the first use of ether in the UK in 1846, and now, 75 years later, we celebrate the anniversary.

As part of the celebrations in the run-up to the anniversary the Heritage Centre has published a series of blogs looking back at some of the key developments within anaesthesia throughout the decades, since the journal's inception.

 

The 1940s - Explorer and botanist: The story of Richard C. Gill and curare

The 1950s - Safe in Sleep

The 1960s - Cocaine and Self-experimentation

The 1970s - Fatal Attraction: A Brief History of Morphine

The 1980s - Drills and algorithms: Managing difficult tracheal intubation in obstetrics

The 1990s - A bloodless field for surgery: Induced hypotension

The 2000s - Controlling the Aspera Ateria: A Short History of Airway Management

The 2010s - Blood and Blocks: Nerve Blocks in Anaesthesia

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