About this event

  • Date and time Wed 2 Mar 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:55pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This second part of a 2-part module will explore the natural sciences in medical practice.

In this first lecture, we will discuss the complex development of anaesthesia and pain relief over time.

Learning objectives include:

  • Recognise the various uses of pain relief used in the past
  • Identify the role of allied sciences and technology in the creation of anaesthesia
  • Evaluate the importance of technological innovation in controlling pain

The second lecture will focus on the application of natural sciences into clinical care with reference to the development of high dependency patient care.

Learning objectives include:

  • Provide examples of how hospitals have increasingly provided highly specialised patient care
  • Assess the factors which have promoted this level of innovation
  • Explore the issues relating to cost and inequality of access in relation to the constant need for highly specialised patient care

The RSM History of Medicine Society presents a series of 2-part modules on The emergence of medicine and health care up to the present-day. These lectures are aimed at a wide audience of medical practitioners, healthcare professionals, historians, and students. Our expert speakers will delve into the historical development of various specialties, including surgery, medicine, pathology or imaging, and the clinical disciplines of anaesthesia and intensive care.

This series is an innovative approach to present and promote the history of medicine, and appreciate and enhance the value of medical history to clinical practice from a range of different perspectives. This is a fantastic opportunity to have a real sense of medical history and its development and be encouraged to study medical history in more detail.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Standard pricing available until 02 March 2022.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£12.00 £9.00 £6.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£20.00 £15.00 £15.00 £10.00


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Ann Ferguson, Retired Consultant Anaesthetist and Secretary of the History of Anaesthesia Society

Searching for ways to allow surgery to be pleasant by using botanicals, gases and drugs

Dr David Wilkinson, Retired Consultant Anaesthetist, Past President, World Federation of the Societies of Anaesthesiologists, Wood Library Museum Laureate in the History of Anaesthesia, Curator of the Charles King Collection, the Anaesthesia Museum

Comfort break
The development of intensive care

Dr David Wright, Retired Consultant Anaesthetist, Edinburgh

End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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