Operations Without Pain

The Practice and Science of Anaesthesia in Victorian Britain

  • Authors
  • Stephanie J. Snow

Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 1-9
  3. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 40-73
  4. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 74-92
  5. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 93-122
  6. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 123-151
  7. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 152-182
  8. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 183-199
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 200-271

About this book


The introduction of anaesthesia to Victorian Britain marked a defining moment between modern medicine and earlier practices. This book uses new information from John Snow's casebooks and London hospital archives to revise many of the existing historical assumptions about the early history of surgical anaesthesia. By examining complex patterns of innovation, reversals, debate and geographical difference, Stephanie Snow shows how anaesthesia became established as a routine part of British medicine.


Archive enlightenment history reform

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2006
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51718-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-20949-7
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