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Careers in Anaesthesiology: Autobiographical and Posthumous Memoirs.

Careers in Anaesthesiology: Autobiographical and Posthumous Memoirs. Volume 10. Eds D. Caton, K. E. McGoldrick; Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, 520 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-2573, U.S.A.; $60.00; 145x220 mm; pp. 380; ISBN:1-889595-16-0.

This mixture of autobiographic and posthumous memoirs looks at the lives and careers of three notable anaesthesiologists, all of whom are well known to colleagues in Australia and New Zealand. The reviewer has been privileged to know all three of them. This book will advance our understanding of the evolution of the discipline of anaesthesia. It will show how these remarkable men have contributed to making our specialty what it is today. It has been published at a time when there are a significant number of accounts of the life and works of senior colleagues becoming available. These three accounts of quite different lives are valuable contributions to the history of our rapidly maturing specialty.

Lucien Morris has contributed a most readable account of his early and professional life. He has been a regular visitor to both Australia and New Zealand over many years and was elected as an Honorary Fellow of our (then) Faculty in 1989. Tom Boulton gives a fascinating precis of his varied career in many parts of the world which included Vietnam and Australia. He contributed significantly to meetings in both Australia and New Zealand during his visits.

The final contribution is a posthumous account of the life and work of Professor Burnell Brown of Tucson, Arizona. His premature death in 1995 ended a career during which he contributed much as an inspiring teacher, a clinician and a pioneer researcher on matters related to the toxicity and metabolism of inhalational anaesthetic agents.

This work, published by the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, is a good read for anyone interested in the social and scientific evolution of anaesthesia.


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Author:Gibbs, J.M.
Publication:Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2008
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