Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

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The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre is a unique resource for the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief. Visit the centre to explore the inspiring stories of the people, past and present, who have done so much to keep patients safe and pain-free.

The museum’s collection includes over 4,500 objects, encompassing the entire history of anaesthesia from the first demonstration of ether in 1846 to machines and equipment in use today. The archives and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, appointment recommended

Admission charges

General admission is free. There is a small charge per person for group tours.

Additional info

A self-guided walk "Blue Plaques and Buildings - a history of anaesthesia walk around London" is now available in digital format.

All the collections (museum, library and archive) relate to the history of anaesthesia, pain relief and resuscitation and celebrate the people who helped the specialty to develop

Collection details

Archives, Literature, Medicine, Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Mesmerism

Anaesthesia Lates: The Mesmerist

  • 20 October 2017 6-9pm

Join us for a special Lates event with author Wendy Moore to explore the links between mesmerism and anaesthesia.

Medicine, in the early 1800s, was a brutal business. Operations were performed without anaesthesia while conventional treatment relied on leeches, cupping and toxic potions. The most surgeons could offer by way of pain relief was a large swig of brandy.

Into this scene came John Elliotson, the dazzling new hope of the medical world. Charismatic and ambitious, Elliotson was determined to transform medicine from a hodge-podge of archaic remedies into a practice informed by the latest science. In this aim he was backed by Thomas Wakley, founder of the new magazine, The Lancet, and a campaigner against corruption and malpractice.

Then, in the summer of 1837, a French visitor – the self-styled Baron Jules Denis Dupotet – arrived in London to promote an exotic new idea: mesmerism. The mesmerism mania would take the nation by storm but would ultimately split the two friends, and the medical world, asunder - throwing into focus fundamental questions about the fine line between medicine and quackery, between science and superstition.

Wendy's talk will be followed by a fascinating panel discussion with on hypnosis in current anaesthetic practice, along with a drinks reception. The evening will also offer the opportunity to explore the Brave Faces exhibition and the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre in a private view.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£15 for standard ticket
£12 for student ticket

Website

http://themesmerist.eventbrite.co.uk

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
21 Portland Place
London
Greater London
W1B 1PY
England

Website

www.aagbi.org/heritage

E-mail

heritage@aagbi.org

Telephone

020 7631 1650

Fax

020 7631 4352

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