Reminiscences of the Development of Modern Anaesthesia in Norway
In Norway, as in most other countries, anaesthesia used to be the surgeons’ province; nurses gave the general anaesthetic. Student nurses were taught to give “drip anaesthetics” during their training in the operating theatre, but medical students received no such instruction. Surgeons, who were legally responsible for the anaesthetic, were considerably handicapped when things did not go as planned. Anaesthesia as a discipline did not exist.