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.
Save the date!
The 2014 Summer Scientific Meeting will be held at West Dean College, Chichester from Thursday 19th June to Saturday 21st June 2014. More details to follow shortly. www.westdean.org.uk
Call for help from the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association Honorary Archivist:
This year I was appointed Hon. Archivist for the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association. Most of us involved in the development and evolution of Obstetric Anaesthesia as a sub-speciality throughout the past 40 years or so were OAA members & gained much needed help & guidance from the Association’s work.
During the next 1-2 years or so I aim to sort the history and archives of the OAA and to document its many and significant achievements since its foundation. This work will include the links and work with other countries during that time, and its links with other professional bodies such as the Faculties/Colleges of Anaesthesia, Associations and Societies. When completed, the final report will be made available to the RCoA, the AAGBI, the RACOG, the History of Anaesthesia Society and other relevant groups. If you, or anyone you know have any documents, anecdotes or other information that may be relevant to this work, please contact me by e-mail.
Thank you in anticipation.
Dr John Crowhurst