Pins & Needles

THE BLOG OF THE GEOFFREY KAYE MUSEUM OF ANAESTHETIC HISTORY

Welcome

Welcome to Pins and Needles, the brand new blog of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History. We’re really excited to have you join us. The Geoffrey Kaye Museum has been around since about 1935.

Travelling through Malta

Mr Stephen Blamey, BSc, MB, BS, FRACS, FACS, is a retired surgeon, travelling to some interesting medical history locations and writing the odd piece for us. Malta is a very interesting place to visit. The Order of Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem are...

Birdsville Frontier Services Hospital Museum

Dr Genna Verbeek is a registrar at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. In 2017 she will begin her anaesthetic training with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.   It was 45C (135F) in the sun. The oppressive heat seemed to make everything slower....

Why did the British anaesthetist, Joseph Clover (1825-1882), have bank accounts in New Zealand?

Joseph Clover trained initially as a surgeon but, by the 1860s, was one of the foremost anaesthetists in Britain. He was one of only a handful of doctors who devoted his practice to anaesthesia at that time. I have been researching his life for many years since the...

Evipan: The dark side of anaesthesia

Dr Clara Cotaru is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists currently living and working in Belgium. Clara’s interest in the history of anaesthesia began with an investigation of the history of advertising anaesthetic agents, which she...

Ergot and the Salem Witchcraft Trials

Rebecca Lush was a student volunteer with the Geoffrey Kaye Museum in 2015. She is currently Curator, Harry Daly Museum. As an undergraduate, Rebecca investigated the Salem Witchcraft Trials, including the possible role of ergot. She has prepared this post based on...

The great women of anaesthesia: Mary Alice Blair

This post is one in a series uncovering the stories of early women anaesthetists from Australia and New Zealand. The University of New Zealand (UNZ) was established in 1874. Although the University of Otago had opened in 1871 with a staff of three professors, UNZ was...