Our new temporary exhibition explores the work of doctors, and especially anaesthetists, treating injuries caused by wars and terrorist attacks.
Anaesthetists are more likely to have the range of skills required to treat people with injuries resulting from accident, disaster or terrorist attack than any other group of doctors and are called on to treat patients at the scene. At the Moorgate tube disaster in 1975, sixteen of the eighteen doctors on site were anaesthetists.
As well as showing the development of pain relief during a crisis since its first use in 1847, the exhibition also features a special display on the 7/7 London bombings with an interview from an anaesthetist who treated casualties from Edgware Road.
This exhibition celebrates the development of pain relief, and pays tribute to those who have been affected by wars and disasters.