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The role of Dr Isaac Aaron and the Australian Medical Journal in the dissemination of information about etherisation in the 1840s

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Paull, JD, The role of Dr Isaac Aaron and the Australian Medical Journal in the dissemination of information about etherisation in the 1840s, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 41, (4 (Supplement)) pp. 10-15. ISSN 0310-057X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Australian Society of Anaesthetists

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Abstract

Isaac Aaron (1804 to 1877), an ambitious young medical practitioner, arrived in Sydney from Britain in 1838 and was registered by the New South Wales Medical Board the following year. After contributing to the Australian Medical Journal, established in August 1846 by William Baker, he became the editor in December and acquired it in May the following year1. Dr Pugh became the most prolific local contributor to the journal but he and the editor had a somewhat ‘prickly’ relationship. Aaron was very critical of etherisation when the first news arrived in Australia, but Pugh chose Aaron’s journal in which to report his initial and subsequent experience with the technique. Aaron repeatedly appealed for experimental evidence and rational decision-making to determine the place of etherisation in medical practice. Unfortunately for Australian medicine, Aaron had to suspend the publication of the journal in October 1847, lacking both time and the support of the profession necessary to maintain it. This created an unanticipated adverse outcome for Dr Pugh.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Author:Paull, JD (Dr John Paull)
ID Code:88576
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2014-02-07
Last Modified:2014-10-10
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