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Anaesthesia pp 209-211 | Cite as

Review of Modern Anaesthesia in South Africa

  • H. Grant-Whyte

Abstract

Modern anaesthesia in South Africa goes back to the year 1847, when Dr. Guybon Atherstone, assisted by his father (also a doctor), amputated the gangrenous leg of the Deputy Sheriff of Grahamstown, a village then 3 months away by ox waggon, the only form of transport, from Cape Town. This was but 8 months after Morton first administered ether in Boston, in the United States. Atherstone produced his ether from sulphuric acid and alcohol and administered it by means of a “hubble-bubble” type of apparatus he had constructed, which resembled a Turkish narghile.

Keywords

Sulphuric Acid Inhalation Technique Beta Endorphin Central Nervous System Depression Psychosomatic Problem 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

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  • H. Grant-Whyte

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