Reporter 444, 6 December 1999

80 years of sleep

Anaesthetists from all over the UK converged on Leeds recently to celebrate eighty years of anaesthesia at the University. The first machine to administer controlled amounts of chloroform to patients was developed at the University in 1919 by lecturer Samuel Thompson Rowling.

The ‘Glass Balls to Crystal Balls’ symposium discussed current research at the University and future developments for the subject. Summer 1999 produced the first graduates of the new MMedSc (Anaesthesia) degree course - one of the first courses of its kind in the UK.

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