Books: announcing a new volume: Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine
A new volume of Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine on ‘History of British intensive care, c.1950–c.2000’ is available at:
Intensive care developed in the UK as a medical specialty as the result of some extraordinary circumstances and the involvement of some extraordinary people.
In 1952, the polio epidemic in Copenhagen demonstrated that tracheostomy with intermittent positive pressure ventilation saved lives, and those infected with tetanus (common in agricultural areas) soon benefited. War-time developments such as triage, monitoring, transfusion and teamwork, and different specialists such as respiratory physiologists, anaesthetists and manufacturers of respiratory equipment all improved emergency treatment. These advances were rapidly extended to the care of post-operative patients, particularly with developments in cardiac surgery. Dedicated units appeared in the early 1960s in Cambridge, London and Liverpool, and later specialist care units were created for prenatal, cardiac and dialysis patients. The importance of specialist nursing care led to the development of nurse training, education and the eventual appointment of nurse consultants in the NHS in 1999. The specialty of intensive care was granted Faculty status by the GMC in 2010. Introduced by Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, this transcript includes, inter alia, the development of cardiac catheters, monitoring equipment, data collection techniques and the rise of multidisciplinarity, national audit, and scoring systems.
Reynolds L A, Tansey E M. (eds) (2011) History of British intensive care, c.1950–c.2000. Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine, volume 42. London: Queen Mary, University of London, xxvi, 162pp.
Introduction by Professor Sir Ian Gilmore. Five appendices, 16 figures, biographical notes, references and index. ISBN 978 090223 8756
Available online from 30 September 2011.
Hard copies can only be ordered from www.amazon.co.uk/www.amazon.com for £6/$10 plus postage or from all good bookstores using the ISBN.
Mrs Lois Reynolds
Senior Research Assistant to Professor Tilli Tansey FMedSci HonFRCP
History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group
School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road,
LONDON E1 4NS
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