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J R Soc Med. 1996 February; 89(2): 96P–100P.
PMCID: PMC1295670

The delayed arrival: from Davy (1800) to Morton (1846).


Dr Adams was previously consultant anaesthetist to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, with a special interest in ophthalmic and neuroanaesthesia, and Associate Lecturer in Cambridge University. She was Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1985, now the Royal College of Anaesthetists, of which she is currently Honorary Archivist/Curator. She was Hunterian Professor in the Royal College of Surgeons in 1993, and is a past president of the History of Anaesthesia Society. Within the RSM she was president of the Section of Anaesthetics in 1985-1986 and of the Section of the History of Medicine in 1994-1995, having served as Honorary Secretary of each. She is now an Honorary Treasurer of the Society.

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