James Robinson -- Plaque of Anaesthesia Pioneer

26 July 2019

James Robinson -- Plaque of Anaesthesia Pioneer
Our recent move into new offices in London’s Bloomsbury “Knowledge Quarter” places us right in the epicentre of many of London University’s constituent colleges, including world-class and renowned institutions like UCL, Birkbeck College, SOAS and the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We’ve also noticed just how many Blue Plaques are all around us. Blue plaques are a London institution. They celebrate great figures of the past and the buildings that they inhabited.  The Blue Plaques scheme has been run by English Heritage since 1986 and there are over 760 in London.

In this next episode in our series on Blue Plaque neighbours, we wanted to throw a light on a relatively unknown medical hero – someone whose work has directly enabled surgery right through to the present day… In the same building housing our office, there are two blue plaques, one marking Gower street as the place where the first anaesthetic was administered in 1846, and the other honouring JAMES ROBINSON, whose patients would no doubt have been grateful beyond words for his pain-free dentistry!

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Though not a terribly well-known individual, James Robinson was a dentist and pioneer of using anaesthesia. He lived and worked on Gower Street, where he discovered how to use a numbing vapor that he created during dental procedures. As anyone who’s ever faced the dentist’s drill will attest, the prospect of surgery without anaesthesia generates a very queasy (and immediate) response! We definitely all should give thanks to James Robinson for his innovation!

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Here at Digital Taxonomy, we like to think we’re helping our clients ‘ease the pain’ of handling and analysing large volumes of unstructured text. Though we’re not aiming for our software to put our clients to sleep, we do hope that Codeit, our AI-guided text analysis platform will help make analysing survey responses, transcripts, customer feedback, etc mush less painful and stressful to deal with!



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