Journal of Anesthesia

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 297–299 | Cite as

Luigi Porta’s contribution to anesthesia in Europe in the 1800s

  • Marta Licata
Short Communication


Luigi Porta (1800–1875), an Italian physician who was well known in the field of surgery, played an important role in spreading ethereal anesthesia in Europe. Moreover, he proposed an original method to administer ethereal anesthesia, the Italian method “of the bladder of pig”. This paper reminds us of the important role that this physician played in Anesthesiology.


Luigi Porta Anesthesiology The Italian method 


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The author declares that he has no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of Research in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology, Department of Biotechnology and Life SciencesUniversity of InsubriaVareseItaly

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