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The Association of Anaesthetists

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists on Regent Street, is a unique medical science museum devoted to the history of anaesthesia and pain relief. The current exhibition ‘Doctor says relax’ explores the history of curare from an arrow poision in the Amazon basin to the operating theatre, with authentic curare weapons on display on loan from Kew Gardens. 

The Heritage Centre was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions. The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton's demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia.


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