Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Anaesthesia on the Western Front – perspectives a century later. AAIC Jul 2016.

This interesting article by Dr McDonald takes us back in time to the battles of World War I and the significant effects on the development of anaesthesia that occurred as a result. In particular, the challenges of the Western Front, with its massive numbers of injured, saw progress in the understanding and management of trauma and shock, and significant improvement in the provision of anaesthesia and the training of anaesthesia providers. The result was increased anaesthetic safety for the civilian population after the war and further development of anaesthesia and resuscitation as a specialised area of medicine.

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