Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

, Volume 55, Issue 12, pp 853–858 | Cite as

Canadian contributions to the introduction and use of divinyl ether

  • Brendan T. Finucane
Special Article


In conclusion, Dr. Gelfan and Bell’s early work was a brief practical study, typical of the uninhibited work of many of the pioneers in anesthesia, who willingly participated as “guinea pigs“ in their continuing search to advance the body of medical knowledge in the pharmacology of anesthetic agents. Their work provides inspiring examples of how Canadian researchers have quietly contributed to advances in anesthesia for many decades. Drs. Gelfan and Bell deserve considerable credit for taking that very important first step to evaluate the use of DVE in humans, as Dr. Bourne deserves credit for popularizing the use of this historically important inhaled anesthetic in clinical anesthesia, in Canada and the United States.


Halothane Sevoflurane Desflurane Vinyl Ether Divinyl 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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