The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre tells the remarkable story of anaesthesia, from its first public demonstration in 1846 to modern day anaesthetists working in the aftermath of wars and terrorist attacks.
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The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions. The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton's demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia. Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00-16:00 We highly recommend that visitors make an appointment. Free admission Tube stations: Oxford Circus, Regents Park, Great Portland Street Train stations: Euston, St Pancras/ King's Cross Buses: 7, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27, 30, 55, 73, 88, 98, 176, 205, 553, C2 For more information visit: http://www.aagbi.org/education/heritage-centre

We’re going #oldschool for this week’s Object of the Week. May we present: a replica of Morton’s inhaler. Drench a spong...
09/06/2020

We’re going #oldschool for this week’s Object of the Week. May we present: a replica of Morton’s inhaler. Drench a sponge in ether, put it in a fancy glass sphere, & voilà, you’ve got yourselves an inhaler!

Can you spot it in the second image? 🔎

#TriviaTuesday #histmed

We’ve reached Day 5 of #MuseumWeek & we’re talking about #ClimateMW. So, here’s a short history of the anaesthetic gas N...
15/05/2020

We’ve reached Day 5 of #MuseumWeek & we’re talking about #ClimateMW. So, here’s a short history of the anaesthetic gas Nitrous Oxide ☁️

Chemist Humphry Davy experimented with the gas at the turn of the 18th century. It made him laugh, so he named it laughing gas.

Laughing gas was all the rage in the first half of the 19th century – people threw parties where they used it as recreational drug, but also doctors became more & more intrigued. Davy had already recognised its anaesthetic properties and soon others did too 🤔

Particularly dentists started using nitrous oxide for pain relief in the 1840s. Indeed, the first documented demonstration of anaesthesia in 1844 had been done using nitrous oxide! However, it was considered a failure...

Demonstrations continued to take place & at some point in the 1860s, nitrous oxide was even produced in the Langham hotel in central London...

It proved popular among doctors and is still used today (mainly for pain relief), as are other gases ☁️

Now more than ever we are aware of anaesthesia’s environmental impact & are trying to improve it by moving towards #GreenAnaesthesia 🌱

To learn more about environmental #sustainability in anaesthesia, go to our website: https://bit.ly/3czlKgr 🌿

#MuseumWeek2020 #ClimateMW #ClimateCrisis #FridaysForFuture

One of our favourite #MuseumMomentsMW from earlier this year – our first ever half-term activity day! 🥳 Many a career ch...
14/05/2020

One of our favourite #MuseumMomentsMW from earlier this year – our first ever half-term activity day! 🥳 Many a career choice was made & (more importantly) much fun was had that day.

This family workshop was made possible by Kids in Museums and London Museum Development 🧡

#MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumWeek #MuseumFromHome #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #anaesthesists

For Day 3 of #MuseumWeek we want to tell you about Lord Nuffield, Robert Macintosh and the first Anaesthetics department...
13/05/2020

For Day 3 of #MuseumWeek we want to tell you about Lord Nuffield, Robert Macintosh and the first Anaesthetics department at the University of Oxford.

Lord Nuffield, born William Morris, started out by repairing bicycles in a shed but soon made his fortune manufacturing cars.

Robert Macintosh was born in New Zealand and came to England when he joined the RFC in the First World War. Shot down and captured by the Germans, he escaped several times 🤠

In 1930, he anaesthetised Nuffield who had had bad experiences with inhalation #anaesthesia. It went well!

When Nuffield was ask to fund 3 chairs for the new postgraduate medical school at Oxford, he insisted there should be one for Anaesthetics. “No Anaesthetics, no money for the school,” he said...

So, Macintosh was appointed to be the first Anaesthetics chair at Nuffield College - the first world-wide! #TogetherMW they developed equipment for the Armed Forces during the Second World War, including the Oxford Vaporiser (EMO) which was produced in the Morris Motor Factory.

#MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumFromHome #histmed
Royal Air Force National Trust, Nuffield Place

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #CultureInQuarantineMW  so we give you *Anaesthesia in Art* 🎨🖌️Do you have a favourite work...
12/05/2020

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #CultureInQuarantineMW so we give you *Anaesthesia in Art* 🎨🖌️

Do you have a favourite work of art featuring #anaesthesia?

#MuseumWeek2020 #MuseumFromHome #histmed

First Operation Under Ether, by Robert C. Hinckley
First Use of Ether in Dental Surgery, 1846, by Ernest Board Wellcome Collection
Theodor Billroth Operating, by Adalbert Seligmann Belvedere Museum
Ajax Bay Field Hospital, Falklands, by David Cobb

17/04/2020

Looking for some #FridayFun? Enjoy a good jigsaw? Why not try piecing these vintage medical catalogue pages together!

👉 https://bit.ly/2z1MdEe 🧩

#FridayFeeling #histmed #anaesthesia

#OTD Queen Victoria received “that blessed chloroform” from Dr Snow for the birth of her 8th child Prince Leopold, findi...
07/04/2020

#OTD Queen Victoria received “that blessed chloroform” from Dr Snow for the birth of her 8th child Prince Leopold, finding its effect “soothing, quieting and delightful beyond measure.” With that, chloroform got its royal endorsement 👸👍

#histmed #royals #anaesthesia

Crawford Long administered ether for the first time in surgery #OTD in 1842. But since he didn’t publish his account unt...
30/03/2020

Crawford Long administered ether for the first time in surgery #OTD in 1842. But since he didn’t publish his account until December 1849, William Morton usually gets the credit for the first use of ether anaesthesia... We’re sure there are lessons to be learnt from this! 😬

Happy #WorldTheatreDay2020! That includes operating theatres, right?Ever since Morton administered an anaesthetic at the...
27/03/2020

Happy #WorldTheatreDay2020! That includes operating theatres, right?

Ever since Morton administered an anaesthetic at the Ether Dome for the first time in 1846, #anaesthetists have been a key presence in any operating theatre 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️

Any Call the Midwife fans out there? You might enjoy our next Lates event TEA & SYMPATHY OR IVs & EPIDURALS?Come along t...
26/02/2020

Any Call the Midwife fans out there? You might enjoy our next Lates event TEA & SYMPATHY OR IVs & EPIDURALS?

Come along to a lively talk on the subject of pain relief during childbirth with Prof Rachel Collis and Dr Tania McIntosh on Fri 13 March 🤰🤱

🎟️ http://bit.ly/38YHujK

IT'S TOMORROW! 📣Looking for last-minute ideas for what to do with your little ones during half term? Come along on 18 Fe...
17/02/2020

IT'S TOMORROW! 📣

Looking for last-minute ideas for what to do with your little ones during half term? Come along on 18 Feb and discover what anaesthetists do at this hands-on family workshop!

It’s free & there’s no need to register, drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm.

The things you come across while auditing 😌 A souvenir guide to the old Wellcome Collection  Museum at the Science Museu...
21/01/2020

The things you come across while auditing 😌 A souvenir guide to the old Wellcome Collection Museum at the Science Museum from 1981. If you want to see a slightly updated version of the display, visit the #MedicineGalleries now!
#histmed

A very happy birthday to Crawford Long, who was born #OTD in 1815! Although William Morton is commonly credited with adm...
01/11/2019

A very happy birthday to Crawford Long, who was born #OTD in 1815! Although William Morton is commonly credited with administering the first successful #anaesthesia in 1846, Long had already done it for a tooth removal in 1842(!), but failed to publish his account... #histmed

Today we’re celebrating #WorldAnaesthesiaDay! William Morton was the first to publicly & successfully administer ether d...
16/10/2019

Today we’re celebrating #WorldAnaesthesiaDay! William Morton was the first to publicly & successfully administer ether during operation #OTD in 1846, using a simple apparatus. What would consider the biggest milestones in the history of anaesthesia? #histmed

It’s #WorldAnimalDay today! Animals have played a big role in the development of human #anaesthesia, but veterinary anae...
04/10/2019

It’s #WorldAnimalDay today! Animals have played a big role in the development of human #anaesthesia, but veterinary anaesthesia has also advanced quickly. Here’s Ivan Magill with one of his endotracheal tubes – can you guess the animal on which it would have been used? 🔎

#OTD in 1811, novelist Fanny Burney underwent a mastectomy refusing any drugs or alcohol. Later she wrote an account des...
30/09/2019

#OTD in 1811, novelist Fanny Burney underwent a mastectomy refusing any drugs or alcohol. Later she wrote an account describing her experience of surgery without #anaesthesia.

Read it here: http://bit.ly/2kvZjmn

The British Library #histmed

Early anaesthetics were often delivered by the open drop method, using a dropper bottle like this one, though many didn’...
27/09/2019

Early anaesthetics were often delivered by the open drop method, using a dropper bottle like this one, though many didn’t even have any indication of quantity. A few drops of the agent were put on a cloth either to go directly onto the face or onto a wire mask 😷 #flashbackfriday #histmed

Image:Science Museum

William Halsted, a gifted surgeon and first to introduce rubber gloves into the operating room, was born #onthisday in 1...
23/09/2019

William Halsted, a gifted surgeon and first to introduce rubber gloves into the operating room, was born #onthisday in 1852. Halsted was very involved in #anaesthesia, self-experimenting with cocaine as local anaesthetic, sadly resulting in a pretty serious addiction. #histmed

Even in the early days of anaesthesia, #patientsafety was taken very seriously. Joseph Clover for instance is said to ha...
17/09/2019

Even in the early days of anaesthesia, #patientsafety was taken very seriously. Joseph Clover for instance is said to have administered 13,000 anaesthetics without a single fatality. He’s pictured here checking a patient’s pulse – basic yet crucial! #WordPatientSafetyDay #histmed

The first use of cocaine as local anaesthetic was reported at the Heidelberg Congress of Ophthalmology #OTD in 1884. Alt...
15/09/2019

The first use of cocaine as local anaesthetic was reported at the Heidelberg Congress of Ophthalmology #OTD in 1884. Although med student Karl Koller had discovered it, a colleague had to present it at the congress, as Koller lacked the funds to go himself #studentlife #histmed

We're at #ACGlasgow19! Come and have a look at how it was done in the olden days, take a trip down memory lane, and have...
11/09/2019

We're at #ACGlasgow19! Come and have a look at how it was done in the olden days, take a trip down memory lane, and have a guess what's in the boxes!

Sodium thiopental (Pentothal) can be used as a truth serum. The theory is that your resolve would be weakened and you mi...
09/09/2019

Sodium thiopental (Pentothal) can be used as a truth serum. The theory is that your resolve would be weakened and you might not remember what you've said afterwards.

For #BeardDay we wanted to find out who sported the most impressive facial hair among the pioneers of early #anaesthesia...
07/09/2019

For #BeardDay we wanted to find out who sported the most impressive facial hair among the pioneers of early #anaesthesia. Although they were very progressive in their medical practices, their beards were mostly disappointingly regular... Who’s your winner? Long, Morton or Clover?

‘The bravest man in the RAF never to have flown an aeroplane’, Edgar Pask, was born #onthisday in 1912. He anaesthetised...
04/09/2019

‘The bravest man in the RAF never to have flown an aeroplane’, Edgar Pask, was born #onthisday in 1912. He anaesthetised himself to simulate a parachute decent when testing life jacket. After each test he was admitted to hospital to recover.

Sir Christopher Wren is well known for rebuilding St Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire, but #DYK that he was also a ...
30/08/2019

Sir Christopher Wren is well known for rebuilding St Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire, but #DYK that he was also a notable scientist experimenting with opium and its anaesthetic effect? He pioneered intravenous therapy by injecting it into a dog’s vein 💉#FridayFact #histmed

Following on from #cats last week… Happy #InternationalDogDay! Dogs played an important role in the development of anaes...
26/08/2019

Following on from #cats last week… Happy #InternationalDogDay! Dogs played an important role in the development of anaesthesia. From having opium injected into their veins to being intubated and made to breathe while underwater, they bore it all. They really are pawsome (sorry).

Today’s #TakeYourCatToTheVetDay! As we all know, #cats can be difficult creatures sometimes. When intubating them, vets ...
22/08/2019

Today’s #TakeYourCatToTheVetDay! As we all know, #cats can be difficult creatures sometimes. When intubating them, vets need to take extra care not to damage their sensitive larynx and trachea, which is why v-gel is a great alternative to tubes. Do you know any medical #catfacts?

20/08/2019

As the Open House programme has gone live today, we are sad to announce that we are unable to take part in this great event due to unforeseen circumstances that require essential maintenance works to be carried out. We very much hope to participate again next year. 🏠

#MysticMonday The Oracle of Delphi ✨ Sources claim that the high priestesses delivered oracles after inhaling fumes risi...
19/08/2019

#MysticMonday The Oracle of Delphi ✨ Sources claim that the high priestesses delivered oracles after inhaling fumes rising from the rock. One of those vapours might have been ethylene, an anaesthetic that was used in hospitals over two millennia later.

John Collier, Priestess of Delphi, at Art Gallery of South Australia

August Bier performed the first surgical spinal anaesthetic #onthisday in 1898. He used 12mg of cocaine into the spine, ...
16/08/2019

August Bier performed the first surgical spinal anaesthetic #onthisday in 1898. He used 12mg of cocaine into the spine, and we are pretty sure his patient had a pretty bad headache afterwards. #histmed

Happy #InternationalLefthandersDay to all the lefties out there! Henry Boyle, inventor of the first anaesthetic machine,...
13/08/2019

Happy #InternationalLefthandersDay to all the lefties out there! Henry Boyle, inventor of the first anaesthetic machine, was left-handed – in fact, Boyle’s machines were designed for left-handed use! Sweet revenge. #histmed Science Museum

Today is #WorldElephantDay! Ever wondered what it takes to anaesthetise one? The drug strong enough to sedate an animal ...
12/08/2019

Today is #WorldElephantDay! Ever wondered what it takes to anaesthetise one? The drug strong enough to sedate an animal this large is called Carfentanil, a drug so dangerous to humans that vets must avoid all contact with the area that’s been hit and carry an antidote with them!

William Morton, the man behind the first public demonstration of ether, was born #onthisday in 1819. If he wasn't born w...
09/08/2019

William Morton, the man behind the first public demonstration of ether, was born #onthisday in 1819. If he wasn't born would we even have anaesthesia? #PhilosophyFridays

Volunteers Appreciation Post! We took a few of our brilliant volunteers on a walking tour to some of the places exciting...
08/08/2019

Volunteers Appreciation Post! We took a few of our brilliant volunteers on a walking tour to some of the places exciting anaesthesia-related things happened. We had a blast, and we are so grateful for their support! You can go on an online tour here: http://bit.ly/2OLe9DK

Here we all are outside 52 Gower Street, where Dr James Robinson was the first in the UK to administer ether for a tooth extraction on 19 December 1846. Just a year later he published the world’s first anaesthetic textbook – he quite literally wrote the book on anaesthesia!

#WayBackWednesday when cocaine was used in eye drops...After Sigmund Freud wanted him to research potential medical uses...
07/08/2019

#WayBackWednesday when cocaine was used in eye drops...After Sigmund Freud wanted him to research potential medical uses of cocaine, Karl Koller realised its qualities as local anaesthetic for eye surgery, for which many other anaesthetics were unsuitable. Science Museum #histmed

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The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions. The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton's demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia. Opening Hours: Monday (except bank holidays), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00-16:00 We highly recommend that visitors make an appointment. Free admission Tube stations: Oxford Circus, Regents Park, Great Portland Street Train stations: Euston, St Pancras/ King's Cross Buses: 7, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27, 30, 55, 73, 88, 98, 176, 205, 553, C2 For more information visit: http://www.aagbi.org/education/heritage-centre

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