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Facing up to Difficulties: Anaesthesia and Facial Surgery in WWI

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It’s been almost a century since Armistice Day and the end of the horrors of the Great War. Soldiers returned from the front bearing injuries and scars on their bodies. Among the many medical challenges during this period in time was to provide Anaesthesia for those with severe facial injuries. The ‘normal’ technique at the time was to use a wire frame mask held over the nose and mouth, but these facial injuries made it impossible to either use anaesthesia or to do surgery without it. New developments in anaesthesia and surgery were needed. The anaesthetists Ivan Magill (photo) and Stanley Rowbotham together with the surgeon Harold Gillies were the men who rose to the challenge.

In this Year’s World Anaesthesia Day Talk, David Wilkinson (Past President of the WFSA, Previous Vice President of the AAGBI) will explore the advances made in anaesthesia that resulted from the experiences during World War I.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

Tickets: £12.00

*Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase.

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