We’ll drink to that: the 200th anniversary of Australia’s oldest hospital

John D Paull
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10142
Published online: 19 March 2012

To the Editor: The entertaining history of Sydney Hospital by Kappagoda1 illustrates the risk of accepting local lore as fact. The assertions that Sydney Hospital “hosted the first operation [in Australia] under general anaesthetic” and that it was “a leg amputation under chloroform” are both incorrect.

  • John D Paull

  • School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS.


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