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The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland is pleased to note the results of the British Medical Journal Medical Milestones Poll to find the most important medical advance since the BMJ started in 1840.

The most important advance was Sanitation, [clean water and sewage disposal] followed by Antibiotics, and then Anaesthesia in third position, within two percentage points of the winner.

Congratulations to Sanitation, in which John Snow (an anesthetist) was also involved, and the important advance of Antibiotics.

Dr David Whitaker, President of the Association comments, “for Anaesthesia to be ranked in the top three out of an original list of 70 is significant recognition for the importance of the work Anaesthetists do caring for patients through our particular specialty”.

Such acknowledgement of Anaesthesia also provides a pleasing start to the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland’s...

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