About this event

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

Join us to discuss the complex development of anaesthesia and pain relief over time and the development of intensive care between 1950 and 2000.

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 examine the development of intensive care in the second half of the twentieth century.

Learning objectives include:

  • Review factors, such as advances in science and technology, which were associated with the development of intensive care between 1950 and 2000
  • Examine the inter-relationship between these factors
  • Explore how the history of intensive care has been recorded

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. This new venture on its first year 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.

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 is a fantastic opportunity to develop a real sense of medical history and explore how medicine has developed encouraging participants 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 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Ann Ferguson, Retired Consultant Anaesthetist and Secretary, 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 and Curator, Charles King Collection, The Anaesthesia Museum

Comfort break
The development of intensive care

Dr David Wright, Retired Consultant Anaesthetist

Close of meeting



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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