History Articles

Timeline anaesthesia

As well as the history of anaesthesia, the origins of the College and the influence of the two World Wars, there are a number of history articles available from previous issues of the College Bulletin and external sources.  A selection appears below.

From the College Bulletin:

Christmas at Humphry's by Dr Peter Featherstone (published November 2019) features Humphry Davy's examination of the effects of nitrous oxide following the excessive consumption of alcohol

A milestone for the 'Lives' project by Professor Tony Wildsmith (published July 2019) covers the first stage of writing biographies for the College Fellows and signposts the way forward

Gardeners and herbalists: the first anaesthesiologists? by Dr David Wilkinson (published May 2019) looks at the use of plants worldwide for anaesthesia at various stages in history

Fires and Explosions by Dr E Anne Thornberry (published July 2018) explores working with gases in atmospheres high in static electricity 

Other articles of interest:

BBC Future - 'How agonising surgery paved the way for anaesthetics' featuring Prof William Harrop-Griffiths, RCoA Council Member: