‘A Yankee dodge’: the first British public demonstration of anaesthesia

Landmark Case Report; Anaesthesia
Original Case Report
10.1102/1470-7330.2004.9006
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‘A Yankee dodge’: the first British public demonstration of anaesthesia

Following the first administration of ether as an anaesthetic in 1846, by William Morton in Boston, news travelled rapidly to London where Liston was responsible for introducing this technique to the United Kingdom. Squire wrote to the Lancet about his own early experiments with ether as well as anaesthetising for the initial operation at University College Hospital. We discuss this landmark case, the first demonstration of anaesthesia in Europe, and how it compares to anaesthetic agents and techniques used today.

Squire's original paper was published in the Lancet (Squire W. On the introduction of ether inhalation as an anaesthetic in London . Lancet 1888; 132 (3408): 1220-1) . The full article is reproduced online here, and we are grateful to Elsevier (www.thelancet.com) for permission to do this. The paper has been reproduced exactly as it originally appeared in print; the only alteration that has been made is to the layout.
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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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