From Darkness to Light – anaesthesia history

The Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology presents a timeline of the history of anaesthesia  for the American Society of Anesthetists.

William T Morton gave the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846.image_large

Less than a year later, William Russ Pugh did the same in Tasmania.

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John Belisario, a dentist, also performed many anaesthetics in 1947 in Sydney.


These dates mark the beginning of extraordinary developments that led to what we know as modern anaesthesia.