Role of Anesthetist …

Ibn El Quff gave detailed information on the phenomenon of pain and clearly stated that pain relief during surgery should be the responsibility of a second medical man other than the surgeon performing the operation.

“ Al- Tabaaei was to look after pain relief by giving  AI-Murquid to allow Al-Jaraaehi to perform the operation”.

This represents the first report, in the literature, on the role of the anesthetist

lbn El Quff  MYA. AI-Omda Fil AI-Jiraha Ist edn. Hyderabad: Osmania University, The Bureau, Osmania Oriental Publications 1936; 2: 104-105; I: 205.


 “Anesthesia”  word !

Oliver Wendell Holmes, a physician-poet, wrote the following on November 21, 1846:

Dear Mr. Morton ;
“… Every body wants to have a hand in this great discovery. All I will do is to give you a hint or two as to names - or the name - to be applied to the state produced. The state should - I think -be called ‘Anaesthesia’   (from the Greek word anaisthesia, ‘lack of sensation’).  This signifies insensibility. The adjective will be ‘Anaesthetic’. Thus we might say the state of Anaesthesia, or the anaesthetic state... .. ”

Oliver W Holmes


  In general …

Anesthesia in Egypt from 1800-1926 AD was characterized by absence of specialized anesthetist.

The surgeon, his assistant, general practitioner or even an appreciated nurse were responsible for giving anesthesia.

Sedatives or some analgesics were given ; surgery was dependent mainly on the rapidity of the surgeon and tolerance of the patient .

Early 1900 ,following discovery of GA, the practice of anesthesia in Egypt became more or less scientific.