Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Museum is part of the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre and it contains objects relating to the history of anaesthesia.

A concise display relating to anaesthesia, pain relief and resuscitation. Early apparatus from 1774, include the primitive hand bellows and pipes used to literally pump comatose patients back to life.

Treasures in the collection include an original 19th-century John Snow chloroform inhaler from the early days of anaesthesia and the ECG machine used during George VI's final lung operation at Buckingham Palace. A series of four year-long exhibitions coinciding with the centenary of WW1 chart the development of anaesthesia during the conflict and reflect the fact the warfare has, ironically, been rather good news for medical advances.

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