Los siguientes párrafos están publicados en la revista Anaesthesia. El artículo se titula: Centenary of Anaesthesia in Great Britain, por AD Marston, Presidente de la Asociación de Anestesistas de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda. Publicación de 1947.
The observance of anniversaries is an ancient and honoured tradition in our custom-loving land, and it is probable that the centenary of anasthesia will be associated with much gratitude and genuine thanksgiving. In gratitude we shall honour the memory of pioneers who made freedom from operative pain the common heritage of mankind.
In these 'days of increasing co-operation and understanding with our American cousins it is pleasing to know that most of the original scientitic research, and certainly its successful application to clinical medicine, was carried out by citizens of the English speaking race on both sides of the Atlantic.
We must give honour where honour is due, and here it is well to remember that the whole credit for the introduction of anesthesia cannot fairly be given to any one man, for historical investigation shows that this epoch-making discovery was due to the uncoordinated efforts of a number of workers.
Much time has been wasted and recrimination caused by attempts to assess the precise credit due to individuals for priority in this great work-a task which even baffled such an august and astute legislative body as the Congress of the United States of America-and in this centenary year we feel that it is sufficient to remember these pioneers in common gratitude for their successful efforts.
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