Fonds P090 - Harold Griffith Fonds

Pamphlet: History of homeopathy in Montreal and the statutes, regulations and by-laws of the Mont... Photograph of Dr. Arthur Fisher "The use of curare in general anesthesia" by Dr. Harold Griffith Letter from Dr. R.R. Macintosh, Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford to Dr. H.R. Grif... Two letters to Dr. H.R. Griffith from Margaret Bickley, Assistant Librarian, Medical Library, McG... Handwritten notes on "Curare as an aid to the anaesthetist" by Dr. Harold R. Griffith Letter from Mr. E. Clayton-Jones, Assistant Editor of The Lancet, to Dr. Griffith "Defence (finance) regulations exports from the United Kingdom" form Letter from Mr. W. Creasy(?), Burroughs Wellcome & Co. to Dr. Griffith Handwritten notes on hypotensive techniques
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Harold Griffith Fonds

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  • 1863-1968 (Creation)
    Griffith, Harold Randall, 1894-1985

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15,5 cm of textual records

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Harold Randall Griffith served in the No 6. Field Ambulance and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery at Vimy Ridge. He introduced the use of ethylene (1923) and cyclopropane (1933) into Canadian anaesthetic practice. In 1941 he established the first postoperative recovery room in Canada. He and Dr. Enid Johnson, in 1942, pioneered the use of curare as an anesthetic to produce muscle relaxation, important for improving operating conditions and decreasing mortality. He organized the Society of Canadian Anaesthetists in Montreal, which in 1943 would become the Canadian Anaesthetists' Society, and was the Society's first President. He joined the Anesthesia Department of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University as a Lecturer in 1946. He was Chairman, 1950-1956 and Professor, 1954-1956. He published over seventy medical publications.

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Gift of Dr. H.R. Griffith, 19 May 1976. Old accession number 542.

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Fonds shows H.R. Griffith's papers and records pertaining to his introduction of the homeopathic remedy curare into anesthesia. The fonds contains correspondence, case records, and reprints, as well as the minute book of the Montreal Homoeopathic Association, 1863-1968.

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  • English

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The documents are in English.

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