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

Operating as usual

For the last #TriviaTuesday of 2020, we're going old school 👇This type of inhaler was used at the very first operation i...
22/12/2020

For the last #TriviaTuesday of 2020, we're going old school 👇

This type of inhaler was used at the very first operation in England under ether. Designed by & named after chemist Peter Squire, the anaesthetic was administered by his nephew William, a medical student. #histmed

Image: Science Museum

Ether was used for the first time in a surgical setting in the UK #OTD in 1846. Famous surgeon Robert Liston amputated t...
21/12/2020

Ether was used for the first time in a surgical setting in the UK #OTD in 1846. Famous surgeon Robert Liston amputated the leg of an anaesthetised patient, Frederick Churchill. Liston was pleased with the ether, or as he called it, Yankee dodge! Can you spot the inhaler? #histmed

19/12/2020

#OTD in 1846, in a study at 24 Gower Street, London, dentist James Robinson administered ether to Miss Londsdale for the removal of a molar. And this, dear friends, was the first recorded use of ether in the UK! 🥳 #histmed @Assoc_Anaes

We might regret this, but... Caption, please. #HappyFriday #captionplease
18/12/2020

We might regret this, but... Caption, please. #HappyFriday #captionplease

#DYK that 'morphium' (later altered to 'morphine') was first extracted around 215 years ago? Apothecary Friedrich Sertür...
16/12/2020

#DYK that 'morphium' (later altered to 'morphine') was first extracted around 215 years ago? Apothecary Friedrich Sertürner published a report on the active ingredient of opium & named it after the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus ☁️✨#WednesdayWisdom #histmed

We've made it to another #TriviaTuesday, everyone! 😊How well do you know your gags? Can you name all of them? #histmed
15/12/2020

We've made it to another #TriviaTuesday, everyone! 😊

How well do you know your gags? Can you name all of them? #histmed

This #TriviaTuesday we bring to you ... this? 🤔Delight us with your wrong answers 👇
08/12/2020

This #TriviaTuesday we bring to you ... this? 🤔

Delight us with your wrong answers 👇

#DYK that when William Morton first publicly demonstrated the use of ether in 1846, he didn't yet call it '#anaesthesia'...
02/12/2020

#DYK that when William Morton first publicly demonstrated the use of ether in 1846, he didn't yet call it '#anaesthesia'? About a month after Morton's demonstration, physician Oliver Wendell Holmes suggested the word to describe the state produced by the agent. #WednesdayWisdom

What's this? It's #TriviaTuesday already?!Please tell us what this is. Right & wrong answers welcome! 👇
01/12/2020

What's this? It's #TriviaTuesday already?!

Please tell us what this is. Right & wrong answers welcome! 👇

Good morning on this lovely #TriviaTuesday!What's this thing? Today we want wrong answers only. 👇
24/11/2020

Good morning on this lovely #TriviaTuesday!

What's this thing? Today we want wrong answers only. 👇

It's #AntiBullyingWeek!#DYK Carl Koller, who introduced cocaine as first local anaesthetic, once duelled a fellow medica...
18/11/2020

It's #AntiBullyingWeek!

#DYK Carl Koller, who introduced cocaine as first local anaesthetic, once duelled a fellow medical student after an antisemitic remark? Koller won the sword fight & transferred to a different university. #BeKind #DontDuel #WednesdayWisdom

It's the second day of the week & that can only mean one thing: it's #TriviaTuesday! 🥳Today we have an oldie but goldie ...
17/11/2020

It's the second day of the week & that can only mean one thing: it's #TriviaTuesday! 🥳

Today we have an oldie but goldie for you. Any ideas what it is? #histmed

Like history? Architecture? Historical architecture?! Come along to our joint talk with our friends from Blind Veterans ...
12/11/2020

Like history? Architecture? Historical architecture?! Come along to our joint talk with our friends from Blind Veterans UK

*All about Portland Place*
🗓️ Thurs 19 Nov 2020, 18:00-19:00
🖥️ Virtual
🪙 FREE
🎟️ (members) https://bit.ly/31BcQvb
🎟️ (non-members) https://bit.ly/3mfDVMi

Charles Darwin was a pretty forward thinking fellow. #DYK that after the birth of their 7th child in 1848, he enquired a...
11/11/2020

Charles Darwin was a pretty forward thinking fellow. #DYK that after the birth of their 7th child in 1848, he enquired about chloroform & eventually administered it to his wife Emma at the birth of their next child in 1850. #WednesdayWisdom #histmed

You probably know John Snow pioneered the use of ether & chloroform but #DYK that he also experimented with the gas amyl...
10/11/2020

You probably know John Snow pioneered the use of ether & chloroform but #DYK that he also experimented with the gas amylene? #OTD in 1856 it was first used in clinical practice, but abandoned after 2 patients die.

👇 Our replicas of his ether & chloroform inhalers #TriviaTuesday

It's #TriviaTuesday & we're talking about the laryngeal mask airway! Many of our followers know it well, but have you ev...
03/11/2020

It's #TriviaTuesday & we're talking about the laryngeal mask airway! Many of our followers know it well, but have you ever seen Dr Archie Brain's prototype? He used to try out the Goldman dental nosepiece attached to an ET tube on himself - rather a good party trick! 😳 #histmed

Name the album. 🎤 #CaptionThis #FridayFun
30/10/2020

Name the album. 🎤 #CaptionThis #FridayFun

#DYK that our home 21 Portland Place was designed by the famous architect brothers Robert & James Adam in the 1770s? #Tb...
29/10/2020

#DYK that our home 21 Portland Place was designed by the famous architect brothers Robert & James Adam in the 1770s? #Tbt

Discover more about the house's history at our *free* talk on 19 Nov! 👇

🎟️(members) https://bit.ly/31BcQvb
🎟️(non-members) https://bit.ly/3mfDVMi

🚨 #WednesdayWisdom alert 🚨 #DYK an early method of local anaesthesia was cooling, or ‘freezing’ the skin to numb the pai...
28/10/2020

🚨 #WednesdayWisdom alert 🚨

#DYK an early method of local anaesthesia was cooling, or ‘freezing’ the skin to numb the pain? 🥶 Benjamin Ward Richardson invented his ether spray for cooling skin in 1866. #histmed #MedTwitter

It's #TriviaTuesday & almost #Halloween! 🎃👻Here are some of our most frightening objects. Which one's the most terrifyin...
27/10/2020

It's #TriviaTuesday & almost #Halloween! 🎃👻

Here are some of our most frightening objects. Which one's the most terrifying & do you know what they are? Can you think of any others? 😵 #spookyseason #histmed #GuessTheObject

🚨 Half term activity alert 🚨Looking for something to do *outdoors* in London next week? We got you. Check out our brand ...
24/10/2020

🚨 Half term activity alert 🚨

Looking for something to do *outdoors* in London next week? We got you. Check out our brand new @iziTRAVEL tour exploring London's anaesthetic history! 📱👀
👣 https://bit.ly/3dLbLpC

#halfterm #histmed

#WednesdayWisdom coming at you 👇Shakespeare was a fan of plant potions in his plays. In Macbeth, the three witches creat...
21/10/2020

#WednesdayWisdom coming at you 👇

Shakespeare was a fan of plant potions in his plays. In Macbeth, the three witches create a deadly potion using hemlock. It was also the plant given to Greek philosopher Socrates at his execution...

But #DYK hemlock was used by Greek and Islamic physicians for pain relief? Highly toxic, one had to be very careful with the dosage! 😳 #histmed

This #TriviaTuesday, we present to you this little cleaning kit for a Cyprane Type A Fluotec vaporiser (1957). Among oth...
20/10/2020

This #TriviaTuesday, we present to you this little cleaning kit for a Cyprane Type A Fluotec vaporiser (1957). Among other things it includes Vaseline, shellac, pliers & an instruction handbook. 🪛🔧

What's in your tool kit right now? 💼 #ObjectOfTheWeek #histmed

16/10/2020

Wishing everyone a happy #WorldAnaesthesiaDay today!! 🥳

We made you a little video for this very special occasion 🎥 🍿 Find out about what happened on 16 October 1846 & the events that followed... #histmed

Back in July we ran a virtual #art & #mindfulness workshop with our members 🎈Since we can't display the beautiful result...
15/10/2020

Back in July we ran a virtual #art & #mindfulness workshop with our members 🎈

Since we can't display the beautiful results in our museum at the moment, we made you a little *online exhibition*! Check it out: https://bit.ly/2FvqIPX 🖼

#TBT #MuseumPassion

#DYK that mesmerism (a form of hypnosis) was sometimes used as pain relief in surgery before the introduction of ether? ...
14/10/2020

#DYK that mesmerism (a form of hypnosis) was sometimes used as pain relief in surgery before the introduction of ether? 🥴 Doctors were very divided on the subject & it was eventually banned from @uclh after 2 failed trials... #WednesdayWisdom

It's #TriviaTuesday, our favourite day of the week! 🤓What's this little guy? What does it do? Your best (or funniest) gu...
13/10/2020

It's #TriviaTuesday, our favourite day of the week! 🤓

What's this little guy? What does it do? Your best (or funniest) guesses please. 👇 #histmed #MysteryObject

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zah...
07/10/2020

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!

#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi al-Ansari used a ‘soporific sponge’ soaked in a herbal potion as a sedative in the 10C AD? This type of inhalation anaesthesia was still used in the 19C

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zah...
07/10/2020

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!

#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi al-Ansari used a ‘soporific sponge’ soaked in a herbal potion as a sedative in the 10C AD? This type of inhalation anaesthesia was still used in the 19C

Welcome back to #TriviaTuesday!Who remembers this guy? It's a Manley ventilator, designed by Roger Manley within a few d...
06/10/2020

Welcome back to #TriviaTuesday!
Who remembers this guy? It's a Manley ventilator, designed by Roger Manley within a few days of attending a symposium on ventilatory failure at The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1959. It became the most widely used anaesthesia ventilator in the UK. #histmed

What are this patient's #FridayThoughts? #CaptionThis
02/10/2020

What are this patient's #FridayThoughts? #CaptionThis

"I saw the glitter of polished Steel – I closed my Eyes."Novelist Frances Burney underwent a mastectomy #OTD in 1811 - i...
30/09/2020

"I saw the glitter of polished Steel – I closed my Eyes."

Novelist Frances Burney underwent a mastectomy #OTD in 1811 - in the days before modern anaesthesia. A year later, she wrote a chilling account describing her experience of the operation... http://bit.ly/2kvZjmn 👈📜

We might need some extra light this gloomy #TriviaTuesday morning & this 'light anaesthetic' (get it?) is just for us. 💡...
29/09/2020

We might need some extra light this gloomy #TriviaTuesday morning & this 'light anaesthetic' (get it?) is just for us. 💡

Do you have any converted medical equipment at home like this Penthrane vaporiser?

Happy Friday! We know how much you love this little guy & how well you know it. So you won’t have any difficulties spott...
25/09/2020

Happy Friday! We know how much you love this little guy & how well you know it. So you won’t have any difficulties spotting the 5 differences... 😈 #LookClosely #FridayFun #SpotTheDifference

'Father of Modern Surgery' William Halsted was born #OTD in 1852. He not only  introduced rubber gloves into the operati...
23/09/2020

'Father of Modern Surgery' William Halsted was born #OTD in 1852. He not only introduced rubber gloves into the operating theatre & pioneered many new operations, he was also an advocate of #anaesthesia, introduced local anaesthesia in the US & helped develop it. #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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