Anaesthesia pp 59-64 | Cite as

The Pioneer Anaesthetists of Australia

  • G. Wilson


Extensive investigation of the shipping records in 1847 has shown that the news of anaesthesia came to Australia from England, where the first public demonstration of pain relief took place at University College Hospital, London, on 21 December 1846.




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    Cartwright FF (1952) The English pioneers of anaesthesia. (Beddoes; Davy; Hickman), Wright, BristolGoogle Scholar
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    Thomas DJ (1847) On the inhalation of the vapour of aether. Aus Med J (Oct) V: 32Google Scholar

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