Those anaesthetists who attended the recent meeting in Rotterdam devoted to the history of our specialty will be pleased to have a second chance of familiarizing themselves with the contents of some of the papers read there. This chapter deals with the development of techniques. There is some evidence that the art of anaesthesia and the many aspects of anaesthetic administration are receiving less attention today than in the earlier years of the great anaesthetic renaissance which commenced in the 1930s and extended into the 1950s. If this is so, it is not reflected in our wishes when we or members of our families become patients ourselves. Then we all tend to ask a colleague to look after us whose technique is both skillful and applied with the greatest care. Technical excellence is what we then seek.
KeywordsEurope Halothane Barbiturate Phenothiazine Poliomyelitis
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