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Spotlight: Interview with Dr Christine Ball (ABC Mornings)
The chatroom is turned into an operating theatre this morning as Virginia Trioli interviews Dr Christine Ball (ANZCA Fellow) about her upcoming book, The Chloroformist.
Christine Ball is an anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, co-manages a Master of Medicine (Perioperative) at Monash University, and is the 2020–2024 Wood Library-Museum Laureate of the History of Anesthesiology. She has been an honorary curator at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History for thirty years and is the author of many works in this field.
The Chloroformist by Until 1846, surgery was performed without anaesthesia: extraordinary operations, carried out on conscious, terrified patients. Surgeons of that era were bold and courageous and saved many lives, but anaesthesia changed everything. With an unconscious patient, the surgeon could take his time. Surgery became slower, more careful and more delicate. And as anaesthesia removed the pain of surgery, the medical world gave more attention to surgical infection, heralding in the use of antiseptics and eventually aseptic surgery.
Publication Date: 3 August 2021
Join host Dr Matthew Heron as he explores how the dark beginnings of anaesthesia led to a modern speciality with the safety of patients at its core.
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