A Personal History of Anaesthesia

by John Powell

Copyright John Powell 1999


I have been writing this book, on and off, for nearly 40 years. It traces my life from conception to retirement, and highlights the many connections I have had with anaesthetic agents throughout my life, including the 38 years I worked in the National Health Service (UK) as a full-time anaesthetist.

Events within each chapter are related in chronological order, and are told as truthfully as fickle memory will allow, though names of patients, and sometimes other details as well, have been altered in the interests of confidentiality.


 I, John Nevill Powell, hereby assert and give notice of my right under Section 77 of the Copyright , Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of the foregoing work.