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.

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia

When museum people travel they do pretty much what everybody else does, they visit museums. The Mütter Museum wasn’t my first museum in America, but I’ve had it on my list of “must see” museums for a long time and it really is a fascinating place. Recently, it’s even...

The Boston Museum of Fine Art

There is a growing movement that brings together the forces of art and science. Often, it’s presented as an artist’s interpretation of a scientific moment, such as Persistence of Vision: Antarctica, a project to recreate modern versions of some of the most iconic...

Working in Muttaburra

Dr John Williamson is a retired anaesthetist, who began his medical career as a GP. He currently lives in Melbourne and is an invaluable tour guide at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, as well as the Shrine of Remembrance. In this post, he recounts some...

Open House Melbourne

Despite ridiculously strong winds on Saturday, Melbourne turned on some sparkling sunshine as architectural treasures all over the city opened their doors to the public. 2017 was the 10th edition of Open House Melbourne and, for the second time, ANZCA took part,...

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...