The Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia
held in Sydney in January 2013 is now available for purchase.

The book, contains historical essays on anaesthesia, pain medicine, intensive care medicine and related fields by over 100 international medical and academic historians. A valuable addition to the series, which commenced in 1982, the book has 16 sections covering 800 pages of the rich history of the development of anaesthesia and its place in the overall history of medicine.

Sections include:

  • Notable Names in Anaesthesia
  • Pioneers of the 1840s
  • Regional Anaesthesia
  • History of Pain Medicine
  • Evolution of Anaesthesia Mortality
  • Young Historians Session - The Gwen Wilson Prize
  • Military Anaesthesia
  • Drugs & Chemistry
  • The air that we breathe ...
  • Anaesthetic equipment - was it always simple ?
  • Antipodean Anaesthesia & Analgesia
  • Developments in Resuscitation and Research
  • Anaesthesia & Antiquity
  • Society, Culture, Education and Anaesthesia
  • Developments in Intensive Care Medicine
  • The Geoffrey Kaye Symposium

The book is available to purchase for AUD$80.00 plus postage from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. 

Please click here to view the order form and full contents list.

To order the book please complete the order form and scan and email it to, or fax to +61 2 8556 9750.

Historical Notes on Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Comprising of cover notes published in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care from 1989 to 2011, this book details the history of anaesthesia and anaesthetic equipment.
Read how anaesthesia became what it is today, from the first anaesthetic and the developments over the years. Learn about the controversies, failures and experiments along the way and the stories behind the discoveries.
This hardcover book is 288 pages long, including references and an index, and costs $66 (including GST and postage in Australia).

A limited number have been printed, so order your copy now*.

* All new members of the Society receive a complimentary copy of book.