Laughing Gas is a light-hearted memoir by Dr Roger Eltringham, recalling some of the amusing events that have occurred at frequent intervals during his career as an anaesthetist.
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Roger Eltringham grew up in the village of Marden in Kent during the 1940s. His original plan to become a physical education instructor was abandoned at the last minute and he switched to study medicine instead. Dr Eltringham received his medical degree from St Andrews University and completed his anaesthesia training at Bristol and the University of Colorado in Denver. Much of Roger's career was spent as Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Medical Advisor to Gloucester Rugby Football Club. He was responsible for teaching programs and exchange rotations in overseas universities, and this led him to travel widely to deliver lectures and training. He became aware of the huge challenges faced by hospitals in developing countries, including the lack of reliable equipment. The result was the development of the Glostavent, an anaesthesia machine based on the principles of simplicity, reliability and economy. This machine is now used in 70 countries around the world and a portable version is used by emergency response organisations. On retirement, Dr Eltringham returned to Marden and established the charity Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide to tackle the ongoing inequalities in anaesthesia care around the world.
Dr Roger Eltringham MBChB FRCA
Founder of Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide