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Arabs were skilled in anaesthesia

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1128
  1. M Al-Fallouji, Consultant gastrointestinal surgeona
  1. a Boston Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 9QS

    Editor—Anthony John Carter's review of sedative plants skipped several centuries and did not mention the “Arabic anaesthetic sponge.”1 Opium infusion was known to Arab clinicians throughout the middle ages and was used commonly to relieve pain associated with inflammation or procedures such as tooth extraction …

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