digital file Black & White Silent 1940s 7:02
Summary: This is a clinical film demonstrating the action of the anaesthetic agent paraldehyde on two patients firstly an elderly man and then an adult female. The middle part of the film has a pathological cross section of a human head and upper torso showing how the specimen is intubated. 3 segments.
Title number: 18149
Description: Segment 1 The first sequence on this film starts with a female patient in bed. A bottle of paraldehyde is presented to the viewer. It is unstoppered and a needle is charged with the liquid. The female patient is injected with the preparation. A clock demonstrates the speed of anaesthesia (the patient coughs a few times before she is fully unconscious). Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:01:17:11 Length: 00:01:17:11 Segment 2 The second sequence shows an elderly male patient (he appears to have no teeth) with an anaesthetic mask. Preparation for intubation is shown, then a tube is inserted down his throat. The next sequence shows a human pathological specimen a cross section of the head and throat region. Sequences are repeated showing how the patient is intubated. This material is repeated several times with one OK slate in between suggesting that these are rushes (some shots are out-of-focus). An anaesthetic mouth piece is presented to camera. Time start: 00:01:17:11 Time end: 00:06:12:20 Length: 00:04:55:09 Segment 3 A female patient is then intubated nasally. Time start: 00:06:12:20 Time end: 00:07:02:05 Length: 00:00:49:10
Further information: Conservation and access copies made from the film collection comprising of 55 items donated by Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford, to the Wellcome Trust in 2008. In 1937, Lord Nuffield established a clinical chair of anaesthesia in Oxford amidst some controversy that anaesthesia was even an academic discipline. The collection is a mixture of clinical and educational films made or held by the department to supplement their teaching dating from the late 1930s onwards.
Keywords: Anesthesia; Anesthesia, Intravenous; Intubation
Locations: United Kingdom