... called out the surgeon John Collin Warren to the astonished public who were present at the first operation performed under anaesthetic. So began, in 1846 with the use of the 'Boston Glass Bulb', the era of the modern anaesthetic.
The Horst-Stoeckel Museum of the History of Anaesthesia contains items documenting over 150 years of medical history.
With almost 1000 exhibits displayed in 48 themed glass cases, the Museum houses the richest collection on the continent of Europe.
The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to the development of the anaesthetic and its continuing progress. It begins with the first use of ether and chloroform drops and follows the long journey of anaesthetic development down to the modern-day integral anaesthetic room.
The Gallery of Pioneers describes prominent individual achievements in the development of anaesthetics.
The second part of the exhibition is devoted to special themes connected to anaesthesia: the discovery of intubating the airways, the development of medicines from opium-alkaloids to curare and their use in injecting anaesthetics.
The background to the invention and use of respirators and emergency medicine is described and highlighted with exhibits, and ends this part of the exhibition.
A highlight of the Museum is the operating theatre dating from 1930. All machines such as the infusion appliance, the special anaesthetic apparatus, the operating table, the operating lights and instrument cupboards are original items from this period.
A gallery of early German textbooks, monographs and papers describes the background of this 'young' discipline and concludes the Museum's exhibition.
There is a library housing over 4000 books from 1846 to the present day. With 38 international journals it is Germany's largest anaesthetic library. Together with the Museum's exhibition, it is dedicated to the history of anaesthesia and contains the most comprehensive German archives devoted to the subject. Adjoining the Museum is a Conference Room and two further rooms for the use of doctors and guests.
Arrangements for group visits of 20-35 guests should be made by telephoning Professor Stoeckel. Group visits take place between Monday and Fridays from 3pm and Saturdays at 11 am.
The Museum is supported by the "Friends of the Horst-Stoeckel Museum of the History of Anaesthesia". If you would like further details on how to become a member, please contact the Museum. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.
How To Find Us!
By car from the right side of the Rhine - take the A3, exit at Siegburg Bonn, take the A560, the A59, A565 in the direction of Bonn. Exit at Bonn-Poppelsdorf. Stay on the main road and follow the signs for Universitätskliniken.
By car from the left side of the Rhine - from Cologne take the A555 or from the south take the A565 until Bonn-Poppelsdorf and then as above.
By train and from Cologne/Bonn Airport, go to Hauptbahnhof Bonn (main railway station of Bonn). From there take the 620 bus and get off at Hauptpforte Kliniken bus stop.
Horst-Stoeckel Museum of the History of Anaesthesia
Open Monday-Friday 9am - 1.30pm and by appointment
Telephone: (0228) 287 1 68 76
Fax:: (0228) 287 1 46 23