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Analgesia (Research)

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1949

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asked the Lord President of the Council what research is at present being carried on by the Medical Research Council on the subject of the administration of analgesia in childbirth; whether research is going on upon the use of trilene for this object; how many types of trilene apparatus are at present being investigated; in which hospitals tests are being carried out; and what are the approximate numbers of research workers and amounts of money involved.

The special committee on the subject has only just been set up, and its first task will be to survey the problem before deciding what new investigations are required. The question remitted to the committee is on the possibility of devising improved or new methods of analgesia, whether with trilene or some other substance, and any examination of types of apparatus already available will be incidental.