Honorary Research Associate
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Graduated MB.BS. University of Melbourne, 1961, FFA RACS 1971, Dip Ed Monash 1974, FANZCA 1992, Travers Professor, Faculty of Anaesthetists, RACS, 1977. Since 1969 a long career in clinical anaesthesia, with administrative and research responsibilities. A major interest in returning drug impaired anaesthetists to active practice after appropriate therapy and rehabilitation. 60 + peer reviewed papers and book chapters.
Member of the Royal Society of Tasmania and Launceston PROBUS.
John is researching the life and activities of Dr William Russ Pugh M.D.with a view to producing a biography. Pugh gave the first anaesthetic for a surgical procedure in Australia on 7th June 1847, in Launceston. Widely known for this achievement, Pugh was actually a very complex character who played a significant role in the social life of Launceston from 1836 to 1853, when he emigrated to Melbourne. Pugh was involved in a number of spectacular court cases, being accused of manslaughter on one occasion and later was sued by a Launceston banker for libel and defamation, and damages of 2,000 pounds. He was a very competent surgeon and was awarded an MD by Giessen University in 1844 for a thesis in Latin concerning Fractures in General.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
15 October, 2012