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Operations Without Pain

The Practice and Science of Anaesthesia in Victorian Britain

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Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 1-9
  3. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 40-73
  4. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 74-92
  5. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 93-122
  6. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 123-151
  7. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 152-182
  8. Stephanie J. Snow
    Pages 183-199
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 200-271

About this book


The introduction of anaesthesia to Victorian Britain marked a defining moment between modern medicine and earlier practices. This book uses new information from John Snow's casebooks and London hospital archives to revise many of the existing historical assumptions about the early history of surgical anaesthesia. By examining complex patterns of innovation, reversals, debate and geographical difference, Stephanie Snow shows how anaesthesia became established as a routine part of British medicine.


Archive enlightenment history reform

About the authors

STEPHANIE SNOW is a Wellcome Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK.

Bibliographic information


'Snow's prose is lucid and expressive, her theses insightful, her conclusions illuminating and well supported... This book deserves to become both a standard reference work for students of Victorian medicine and a template for future workers in this field.' - Medical History

'Operations without pain is a meticulously written book that also deals largely with historical aspects of pain...she [Stephanie J. Snow] sheds fascinating light on the medical scenes in America and Victorian Britain.' - Brain