Alcohol as a total anaesthetic
digital file Black & White Silent 1940s 5:28
Summary: This film demonstrates the method of maintaining anaesthesia using alcohol as the agent on a male patient undergoing a hernia operation. Induction, maintenance and resuscitation of the patient are shown. 1 segment.
Title number: 18159
Description: Segment 1 This film starts with an intertitle indicating that anaesthesia is first induced with morphine. A male patient ready for surgery is shown with two intravenous drips mixed with glucose, alcohol and saline. The patient's responses are shown up until he is fully anaesthetised after 25 minutes. His hernia operation commences. Anaesthesia is verified when his eyelids are turned back his eyes are dilated. As the operation ends, the alcohol drip is switched off. The patient is then roused with coramine we see him coming-to. An intertitle notes that recovery was uneventful and he had little or no hangover . Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:05:28:19 Length: 00:05:28:19
Further information: Material 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; Anesthesia, Intravenous -- history; Anesthesia -- history
Locations: United Kingdom