Anaesthesia and the Practice of Medicine: Historical Perspectives

Anaesthesia and the Practice of Medicine: Historical Perspectives

By: Keith Sykes (author), John P. Bunker (author)Paperback

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Written by two anaesthetists, one British and one American, this unique book focuses on the transatlantic story of anaesthesia. The authors have both worked at the two hospitals where the first general anaesthetics for surgery were given in 1846, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and University College Hospital, London. Each with more than fifty years' experience of working in anaesthesia, they combine their knowledge and expertise to offer a fresh outlook on the development of anaesthesia through the ages. This highly informative and intriguing text details the origins of anaesthesia, outlines the different techniques of anaesthesia and traces its progress with illuminating and enlightening commentaries. This is a fascinating book which considers the role key figures have played in developing anaesthesia including, Queen Victoria, William Morris, La Condamine, Bjorn Ibsen and Henry Beecher. Broken down into four sections, which are divided into easy-to-read chapters and filled with top quality photographs, this book makes compelling reading. It is recommended to all those interested in the history and development of medicine through the ages, and is of particular interest to anaesthetists. More than just the science of anaesthesia, this is the story about the people and personalities who have made anaesthesia what it is today.

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Keith Sykes: Born in England 1925. Medical education at Magdalene College, Cambridge 1944-46, and University College Hospital (UCH), London 1946-49. House physician and surgeon posts at UCH and Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals 1949-50, followed by service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army of the Rhine 1950-52. Anaesthetic training at UCH 1952-58, with one-year Fellowship in Anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 1954-55. Extensive travel within the USA and Canada funded by a Rickman Godlee Travelling Sponsorship, UCH Medical School. Appointed Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Consultant Anaesthetist at the Postgraduate Medical School and the Hammersmith Hospital, London 1958, Clinical Reader 1967-70 and Professor of Clinical Anaesthesia 1970-80. Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, and Fellow, Pembroke College, University of Oxford 1980-91. Honorary Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford 1996. Consultant adviser in Anaesthetics to the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Social Security 1986-92. Knight Bachelor 1991. Extensive overseas lecture tours to USA, South America, Australasia, South Africa, Far East and Europe, and author of papers and books on respiratory failure, clinical measurement and monitoring, and respiratory problems in intensive care. John P Bunker: Graduated from Harvard University College and Medical School, and trained in anaesthesia at George Washington School of Medicine and at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Was on the Anesthesia Faculty from 1960-1989, where he was Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia from 1960-1972. Visiting Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School 1973-75. Acting Director, Centre for the Analysis of Health Practices, Harvard School of Public Health 1974-75. Professor of Family, Community and Preventative Medicine, Stanford University School of medicine 1976-88. He was held visiting professorships at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Westminster Hospital Medical School, London and University College London Medical School. He is a recipient of Fellowships from the National Institutes of Health, the Commonwealth Fund, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Henry J Kaiser Foundation. He is an author and editor of books on anaesthesia, surgery and health policy.


Biographical notes Preface Acknowledgements PART 1: ANAESTHESIA: THE FIRST 100 YEARS 1. In the beginning 2. Local anaesthesia: Karl Koller, Sigmund Freud and cocaine 3. Entering the 20th century PART 2: PROFESSIONALISM IN ANAESTHESIA: THE RELUNCTANT UNIVERSITIES AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR 4. Ralph Waters pursues a vision (and succeeds) 5. The Morris Motor Company and the origins of academic anaesthesia in the UK 6. The impact of the Second World War 7. Henry Beecher, John Bonica and the treatment of pain 8. Curare: the Indian arrow poison 9. Spasms and convulsions: the role of curare 10. Curare transforms anaesthesia PART 3: NEW HORIZONS: THE SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND OF ANAESTHESIA AND THE ENERGENCE OF INTENSIVE CARE 11. 'Physiological trespass': the reduction of surgical bleeding and the control of other body systems 12. The anaesthetist and the fever hospital 13. From poliomyelitis to intensive care 14. The tools of intensive care: mechanical ventilators and blood gas analysis 15. Anaesthesia for surgery of the heart 16. Resuscitation of the apparently dead 17. The search for a better inhalation agent 18. The pursuit of safety 19. The fast track: sedation and day-case surgery PART 4: THE RELIEF OF PAIN IN CHILDBIRTH AND THE CARE OF THE NEWBORN 20. Pain relief for the woman in labour 21. Anaesthesia for obstetric procedures in the UK 22. Virginia Apgar and the care of the newborn PART 5: ANAESTHESIA YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW 23. Anaesthesia yesterday, today and tomorrow

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/01/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781853156748
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781853156748
  • weight: 249
  • ISBN10: 1853156744

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