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

Michael G Cooper
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10227
Published online: 19 March 2012

To the Editor: The first recorded use of an anaesthetic in Australia was not at Sydney Hospital, as stated by Kappagoda,1 but was at Dr John Belisario’s rooms in Spring Street, Sydney. Belisario, with Dr Charles Nathan (honorary surgeon to Sydney Infirmary), administered ether to two patients having dental extractions on 6 June 1847, and possibly to other patients a day or two earlier.2,3

  • Michael G Cooper1,2

  • 1 The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Australian Society of Anaesthetists, Sydney, NSW.

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