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Published: 10 September 2009

242 Pages | 16 halftone illustrations


ISBN: 9780192805898

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Blessed Days of Anaesthesia

How anaesthetics changed the world

Stephanie J. Snow

  • A compelling, and at times grisly, account of a fascinating period in medical history
  • Describes the key episodes, the chance discoveries, and the very human dramas, which all led to the introduction of anaesthesia into modern medicine
  • Brings together the history of science with the history of a profound social change: as medical, moral, and religious orthodoxies were challenged, and intense debate gripped the public
  • The Victorians' encounter with anaesthesia not only led to better pain management and better medical practice, but, as this book reveals, it also resulted in a more compassionate society as a whole

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