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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.

Spotlight: Geoffrey Kaye Museum

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. 


Anaesthesia and Intensive Care History Supplements

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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