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Patient in operation sedated with opium, alcohol before anesthesia invented

Patient in operation sedated with opium, alcohol before anesthesia invented

Come to the Museum of Anesthesia in Buenos Aires, and you will marvel at its complete collection of the instruments, together with some rarely revealed details about this medical process seen in most operations.

(Soundbite) Adolfo Venturini, Museum Director
“The history of anesthesia begins in the 1840s. Before that, there was no anesthesia.”

Then you may wonder how a sick person could undergo the extreme pain when a series of scalpels cut through his body.

(Soundbite) Adolfo Venturini, Museum Director
“(Before the 1840s) doctors simply used opium and alcohol for a patient in operation. In Argentina, England or the United States, one got drunk with local drinks like rum or whiskey.”

The museum was opened on June 29, 2001, by the Association of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Resuscitation of Buenos Aires (AAARBA) in order to help people know about the historical continuity of this specific medical craft.

The valuable pieces exhibited have been collected from Argentina, the United States, Germany, France, England, Holland, Spain, Italy and Brazil.

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