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Operations Without Pain : The Practice and Science of Anaesthesia in Victorian Britain - Stephanie Snow

Operations Without Pain

The Practice and Science of Anaesthesia in Victorian Britain

Hardcover Published: 16th December 2005
ISBN: 9781403934451
Number Of Pages: 271

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Inhalational anaesthesia was the first medical and scientific technique to become a legitimate means of pain relief. Its introduction to medicine in 1846 sparked one of the most intense public debates of the period. It challenged religious principles and at its center posed one of medicine's fundamental questions: risk versus benefit of medical intervention. This book explains how the introduction of anaesthesia intertwines with a wide variety of other nineteenth century medical and cultural issues: the growing elitism of surgery, the emerging professionalism of medicine, the popular and progressive culture of science and the secularization of society.

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'Snow's prose is lucid and expressive, her theses insightful, her conclusions illuminating and well supported... This book deserves to become both a standard reference work for students of Victorian medicine and a template for future workers in this field.' - Medical History

'Operations without pain is a meticulously written book that also deals largely with historical aspects of pain...she [Stephanie J. Snow] sheds fascinating light on the medical scenes in America and Victorian Britain.' - Brain

List of Illustrationsp. viii
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
From Enlightenment Philosophies to Victorian Reform, 1790-1846p. 10
Altered Statesp. 40
Science Versus Empiricismp. 74
Risks of Life and Birthp. 93
Anaesthesia in London: John Snow's Casebooksp. 123
In the Name of Safetyp. 152
Conclusion: The History of Anaesthesiap. 183
Appendixp. 200
Notesp. 204
Bibliographyp. 236
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781403934451
ISBN-10: 1403934452
Series: Science, Technology & Medicine in Modern History
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 271
Published: 16th December 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 16.05  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1