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History of anaesthesia: Overview

This guide has been designed for anaesthetists interested in History of Anaesthesia to locate relevant resources on this topic, including those available through the ANZCA library.


Exhibition Research and Findings: The Rare Privilege of Medicine
Monica Cronin, curator of ANZCA's Geoffrey Kaye Museum, has recently published an article regarding the exhibition 'The Rare Privilege of Medicine: Women Anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand'. The article highlights the struggles of locating historical information about women in medicine and the stories of Dr. Janet Greig and Dr. Lily Jörgensen, two women featured within the exhibition.

Cronin M. Exhibition research and findings: the rare privilege of medicine. Journal of Anesthesia History. 2020 Jun;6(2):90-95. doi: 10.1016/j.janh.2018.10.004. 


ArticlesOwens WD, Abram SE. The genesis of pain medicine as a subspecialty in anesthesiology. Journal of Anesthesia History. 2019.

ArticlesBaldwin AJ, Frost JC. What can medical students learn from studying history? Medical Teacher. 2019;1:1-1. 

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care - History supplement

The latest History supplement from Anaesthesia and Intensive Care is contained in Volume 46, 4 (supplement) 2018, there are many interesting articles on the theme of "origins" in anaesthesia (also available online), including: 


Articles​Haridas RP. Origin of the word 'anesthesiology': Mathias J. Seifert, MD. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2018;46(7):14-17.

ArticlesBaker AB. Genesis of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2018;46(1_suppl):35-51.

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History of Anaesthesia SIG

For more information about this Special Interest Group (SIG), including events, activities and membership, please visit the History of Anaesthesia page on the Anaesthesia Continuing Education website.

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