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They made history: The conquest of pain (script of BBC drama)

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About this work


Documents relating to the BBC drama They made history: The conquest of pain, which recreated the first operation under anaesthetic in Europe, the amputation of a leg by Robert Liston (1794-1847) using ether.

The film was written and produced by Bill Duncalf, and drew on advice from Edwin Clarke and Frderick Poynter of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.

The file contains:

First draft, entitled Milestones in Medicine: No. 1 The conquest of pain. Typescript, 102 pp.

Rehearsal script, entitled They Made History. Typescript, 53 pp. plus compliments slip.

Camera script, entitled They Made History. Typescript, 54 pp. (unnumbered title page, i-ii and 1-51).

Reviews: two cuttings, from the Daily Mail (13th March 1959) and The Listener (19th March 1959)



Physical description

1 file Typescript.

Acquisition note

Transferred to Archives & Manuscripts department, 25 January 2008 (acc.1569).

Biographical note

Written and produced by Bill Duncalf.

Ownership note

Previously held in the Wellcome Library's collection of printed books at shelfmark BZP (Liston), having been received by the Library as accession no.307470.

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