Popular Literature as an Educational Aid for History of Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology; School of Medicine
Anesthesia and Analgesia | Anesthesiology | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Medical Education
INTRODUCTION: History of anesthesia can be learned through formal didactic lectures, discussions, tours, audiovisual media, general anesthesia textbooks, anesthesia history texts, and by popular literature.
METHODS: We studied thirteen books that describe events and advances related to the discovery and development of modern anesthesia. Deliberately omitted were books that might be considered by some to be textbooks, because our aim was to explore the genre of popular literature.
RESULTS: The books span the spectrum from introductory historical narratives to comprehensive summaries, biographies, and scholarly works.
CONCLUSIONS: These books provide a varied perspective on various aspects of the discovery of anesthesia, ranging from a quick read to scholarly work. If only one book were to be recommended for the novice, we suggest Julie Fenster's historical narrative, Ether Day.
Alternative education, Education, History, History of anesthesia, Nondidactic education, Popular literature
DOI of Published Version
J Anesth Hist. 2018 Apr;4(2):123-127. doi: 10.1016/j.janh.2017.09.001. Epub 2017 Sep 7. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of anesthesia history
Kim EE, Cooper B, Desai MS. (2018). Popular Literature as an Educational Aid for History of Anesthesia. Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janh.2017.09.001. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/anesthesiology_pubs/186