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Medicine, anaesthesia, cycling, hope, peace, and healing. Please suggest more paintings, sculpture, mixed media or any piece that tickles your fancy here or Tweet us @theanaesroom!

The first use of Ether – William Morton
A page from ‘Illustrations of Strange diseases and their Surgical Treatments’. Surgical casebook by Hanaoka Seishū (1760-1835).
National Library of Medicine
In the tradition of the ether frolic, Simpson and his friends tested chloroform on themselves first (c.1840s)

The Guardian – Khaled Morad
‘Doctor and Mrs Syntax making an experiment in pneumatics’. Coloured aquatint by T. Rowlandson
Wellcome Collection, CC-BY
A photograph of an operation using ether at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1847.
Wellcome Collection, CC-BY
Simpson researching anaesthetics – and being discovered by his butler (c.1840s)
Joy – C Arrmenta
‘Neonatology Intensive Care Unit, Public Hospital’
From: An Artist in the University Medical Center plate 236, page 168
©May H. Lesser
Kevin Beasley. Untitled (Sea)2016
John Snow’s Chloroform inhaler

‘Surgery’, Dorothy Kay. The surgery depicted in the painting was performed by Dr Bruce Macrae, assisted by Dr Tennyson Oates. The anaesthetist was Dr R A (‘Pom’) Moore-Dyke. In the finished work, Kay portrays members of her family. Her husband Hobart is clearly seen facing the viewer, the nurse on the left was posed by the artist’s daughter Patricia, and the scrub sister on the right represents a portrait of the artist herself. Dorothy’s inclusion of herself in ‘Surgery’ fits in with her philosophy that ‘Everything you do is a portrait of yourself ’.

Heather Blanton is a fabulous artist combining competition and sporting spirit. Check her work out here!
That’s why – Sanja Milenkovic
Intensive Care. 1988. One from a series of six drypoints with watercolor additions. Publisher: the artist, Hartbeespoort, South Africa. Printer: Caversham Press, Balgowan, South Africa. Edition: artist’s proof before the edition of 25. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Virginia Cowles Schroth Fund. © 2011 Norman Catherine
At Vienna, Miner Paul Diebel
At Vienna, miner Paul Diebel demonstrates to the Austrian Society for Psychical Research the ‘fakirism’ whereby he feels no pain even when knives and daggers are thrown at him. 1928
Burn Surgery, 1885
A surgical operation in the Murghab Valley, the patient under chloroform. Illustration of an a surgical procedure performed by the British surgeon, C.W. Owen. A young woman had fallen into a fire and burnt her face. Dr. Owen is shown operating on the eye of the unconscious woman, while a group of people in native dress watches. 1885. Chloroform was once a widely used anesthetic. Its vapor depresses the central nervous system of a patient, allowing a doctor to perform painful procedures.
‘Operation in a Base Hospital’, Dorothy Kay. Although the background and details differ from ‘Surgery’ (left), the composition of the central figures is very similar and the artist evidently drew heavily on her previous painting. The anaesthetist is Major R A Moore-Dyke. The surgeon facing the observer is Dr Hobart Kay, assisted by Dr Tennyson Oates. The nurse on the right is recorded on the back of the painting to be Patricia Riley, Dorothy Kay’s daughter.
Don’t think, just jump! – Alejandro Aboli
Jackson’s Ether Experiment
Charles Thomas Jackson (1805-1880), American physician, geologist and chemist experimenting on himself with ether in 1841. It is said that after experimenting on the anaesthetic properties of chloroform and nitrous oxide gas his experiments on himself with ether led him to conclude that it would be a suitable anaesthetic for surgical operations. In 1846 Jackson’s advice was sought by the dentist Dr William Morton, an ex-student of Jackson. The nature of Morton’s request and Jackson’s response were the subject of bitter dispute between them and their supporters when Morton claimed credit for the introduction of ether. 
#722 tri cyclists – Heather Blanton (website here)
Anesthesia Produced By Pressure
Illustration of how anesthesia may be produced by means of pressure. Representation of carving from 2500 BC.
Hygieia – Gustav Klimt 1900-1907
One of the many delightful illustrations from the Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. Charlie Mackesy
Witchcraft And Anaesthetics
Medieval inquisitors examining a woman to see if she was guilty of witchcraft. According to canon law, signs of insensibility indicated she was being protected from the sufferings of torture by the power of the devil. However., in 1585, Etienne Taboureau, counsel to the King of France, wrote that this procedure was almost useless as all the gaolers of the accused were aquainted with a ??stupefying recipe??(anaesthetic) which they did not fail to communicate to the prisoners. Though the existence of plants and drugs with anaesthetic properties had been known and used by torturers and sorcerers alike for millennia, it was not until the 19th century that anaesthesia in medical practice became established.
Vitruvian man – Leonardo da Vinci
Hope II – Gustav Klimt
Mi casa es su casa – Francesca Dalla Benetta. Sculpture
Shennong, which means “God farmer” or “God peasant”, is a deity in Chinese religion, a mythical sage healer, and a ruler of prehistoric China. He is also believed to have refined the therapeutic understanding of pulse measurements and the practice of moxibustion (the medicinal practice of burning mugwort on particular parts of the body). 
It is thought that Shennong lived from 2737 to 2697 BC, and legends say Shennong looked like a man but had a transparent stomach so he could see the effects of the plants he ingested. He is said to have eaten hundreds of plants while using his body to research their medicinal properties. The Huainanzi , a Chinese collection of debates from c. 139 BC, states that people were weak, sickly, starving, and diseased prior to the coming of Shennong.
Asleep – Pablo Picasso. 1932
Trying to reach – Lene Bladbjerg
The dream of a doctor – Albrecht Durer 1498
Harmony – Christy Lee Rogers – this is a live photo taken underwater! Her work is mesmerising.
Portrait of Lei Gong (the Thunder Duke) from Gudai yijia huaxiang (Portraits of Ancient Physicians), created by Lin Zhong (Qing period, 1644-1911) and published in 1816 (21st year of the Jiaqing reign period of the Qing dynasty, Bing Zi year). Gudai yijia huaxiang is a collection of portraits in colour of celebrated figures from the history of medicine, including Shen Nong (the Divine Farmer), Lei Gong (Thunder Duke), Zhang Zhongjing, Feng Gang, Venerable Ancestor Chun Yang (Liu Dongbin) and Grand Tutor Dou. It also contains a set of Mingtang (Illuminated Hall) illustrations of the zang and fuviscera viewed from above and below.
The Doctor dismissing Death – Peter Simon. 1785
A skeleton, representing death, enters through a window at left, while a doctor points a syringe at him at right. The patient is seated next to the doctor, holding up a spoon to protect him from the advance of Death
Sleep – Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
The dream (La Reve) – Henri Courselles-Dumont
MA3 – Marcus Airken
Water Lilies 27 – Claude Monet
The Tree of life – Gustav Klimt
Chasing measles away – Utagawa Yoshimori, 1862
San Giorgio Maggiore at dusk – Claude Monet
Starry Night – Van Gogh
Ma Gu – Goddess of Health. Unknown artist.