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Monday, 6 February 2017, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Museum of London

The History of Local Anaesthesia

Dr William Harrop-Griffiths

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Most equate ‘anaesthesia’ with general anaesthesia. This is likely because the introduction of general anaesthesia (1847) pre-dated that of local anaesthesia (1884). The drugs used for these first demonstrations, ether and cocaine, had been in existence for centuries before pioneers made the mental leap between the knowledge that they could cause – respectively – sedation and numbness, and the potential for these effects to be used for the benefit of humanity. Dr Harrop-Griffiths will put a humorous spin on a fascinating story.


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Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Dr Harrop-Griffiths is a Consultant Anaesthetist at St Mary's Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London.

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6 February 2017

The History of Local Anaesthesia
Dr William Harrop-Griffiths

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