AT HAND is a brief report of the fifth year's activities of the Anesthesiology Centre in Copenhagen.1 Many of the experiences and results are of considerable interest to surgeons in this country where, despite much progress, there are still shortages in trained medical personnel in this field. But the report has an even wider bearing on the medical aspects of international relations.
The tardy development of anesthesiology as a specialty was not due to the failure of an early start. It is stated,2 for example, that John Snow, who received his M.D. from the University of London in 1844, specialized in anesthesia as soon as the news of John Collins Warren's demonstration came from America in 1846. He served as anesthetist in St. George's Hospital in London, making several contributions to the methods then in use. It was remarkable, therefore, that for nearly a century, in this country