Welcome to the History of Anaesthesia Society Website
Founded in 1986, the History of Anaesthesia Society aims to promote the study of the history of anaesthesia and related disciplines and to provide a forum and social ambience for discussion among members. Membership is open to any persons over the age of 18 years who is interested in the study of the history of anaesthesia. The Society normally holds a two-day Summer meeting and a one-day Autumn meeting annually. In addition the Society has supported various projects connected with the history of anaesthesia. It funded the restoration of the gravestone of Sir Frederic Hewitt and has contributed towards the restoration of the Simpson grave in Edinburgh. Donations have been made in connection with the Hickman exhibition in Ludlow, and to the Erasmus Darwin museum in Lichfield. In commemoration of Joseph Priestley's researches into oxygen and nitrous oxide a garden seat was presented to Bowood House. The Society funded the conservation of the Casebooks of John Snow, which are held in the library of the Royal College of Physicians. The Society has reprinted Dr Barbara Duncum's book 'The Development of Inhalation Anaesthesia' and printed 'Essays on the History of Anaesthesia', based on the earlier volumes of the Proceedings.
2017 HAS Summer Scientific meeting
The Society’s 2017 Summer Scientific Meeting will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield between Friday 16th June and Saturday 17th June 2017.
Because of the local associations with Charles Waterton, the Friday morning will be a Symposium with lectures by invited speakers on the History of Blockade of the Neuromuscular Junction. Speakers at the Symposium will be:
Prof Jennifer Hunter, Emeritus Professor of Anaesthesia, University of Liverpool.
"In the beginning was........the Liverpool technique."
Prof Rajinder Mirakhur, Retired Professor of Anaesthetics, Queen’s University, Belfast.
'Safer Agents of today: Conception and Development'?
Prof. Roger Maltby, Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“Harold Griffith (1894-1985) and curare. Clinical experience and courage.”
Dr. Ann Ferguson. Retired Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Sea Bathing Hospital and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, East Kent; and Former Osler Lecturer, The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London.
“Arrow poison: a drug in search of a disease.”
The Guest Lecture on Saturday will be given by Mr John Goodchild, of the West Yorkshire Archives, who will speak on Waterton and his local activities in the Wakefield area.
On this occasion the entire meeting is open to both members of the Society and non-members. Delegates can register for the whole meeting or for single days. Registration forms and the call for papers for the sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will be sent to members at the end of February, and are available to download now:
Download meeting registration form
Download credit card slip (for use by overseas registrants only)
Requests for further information from members, or non-members should be directed to Dr. Kenneth MacLeod (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reserved rooms at the hotel will be held only until 15th April and accommodation cannot be guaranteed if requested after this date.
Abstracts of papers for submission for presentation at the meeting (maximum of 20 minutes presentation with 5 minutes for discussion) should be sent to Dr. Henry Connor (email: email@example.com) by 17th May 2017. The abstract should be no longer than one sheet of A4 with 1.5 or double line spacing in Times New Roman font 12. It must include in this space the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s) (if any), and postal address, e-mail address and phone number of the lead author. Only the email address and not the postal address or phone number will appear in the Programme Book.
Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the meeting must provide the Editor of the Proceedings, Dr Ivan Houghton (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with their full paper by 31st July 2017.
The Society’s Annual Dinner will be held at the Waterton Park Hotel in the grounds of Walton Hall, the home of Charles Waterton who is remembered for bringing arrow poison back from South America and for his involvement in pioneering animal experiments to elucidate its effects. Transport to and from Waterton Park from Cedar Court Hotel will be provided.
Accompanying persons outing (Friday 16th June):
Coach will leave from Hotel entrance at 0940 and return by 1715.
Cost (coach only) £20.00.
Brodsworth Hall & Gardens (English Heritage)
Admission: EH Members - free, otherwise: £11.50 Gift aided, £10.40 Standard, Concessions £10.40 & £9.40
The Victorian Brodsworth Hall and pleasure gardens, which date from the 1860s, have survived with remarkably few changes and both make an interesting comparison with the earlier house and landscape at Nostell.
Nostell Priory (National Trust)
Admission: NT Members - free, otherwise: £12.10 Gift aided, £11.00 Standard
The present house dates from c. 1750 and contains decorative interiors by Robert Adam, a world-class collection of Chippendale furniture and one of the first long case clocks made entirely from wood by John Harrison. Nostell's gardens, 18th century parkland and lakes extend over 300 acres. Lunch can be bought in the excellent café.
2017 AAGBI/HAS Thomas Boulton Anaesthesia History Prize - open for entries