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Anaesthesia

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 10 March 2009

By Richard Holmes. Drawing on original documents and notebooks, the story of the time in 1799 when, in a town house on the banks of the River Avon in Bristol, Humphry Davy, later celebrated for his miners lamp, came within a breath of discovering the anaesthetic powers of nitrous oxide.

Humphry Davy ...... Paul Mundell
Dr Thomas Beddoes ...... Richard McCabe
Mrs Anna Beddoes ...... Eleanor Tremaine
The Ostler ...... David Collins
The Journalist ...... Kenneth Cranham
Mr Coleridge ...... Stephen Noonan
Mr Southey ...... Richard Holmes.

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