Richard Holmes

  • Anaesthesia

  • Drawing on original documents and notebooks, this is the story of the time in 1799 when, in a town house on the banks of the River Avon in Bristol, Humphry Davy - later celebrated for his miners lamp - came within a breath of discovering the anaesthetic powers of nitrous oxide. Starring Paul Mundell, Richard McCabe, Eleanor Tremaine, David Collins, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Noonan and Richard Holmes.

Richard Holmes was educated at Cambridge, Northern Illinois and Reading University. He was a member of the Department of War Studies at RMA Sandhurst between 1969 and 1985, when he left to command 2nd Battalion The Wessex Regiment. He was appointed Professor of Military and Security Studies at Cranfield University in 1995. Professor Holmes has written over a dozen books on military topics, is general editor of Oxford University Press's Companion to Military History and he has written and presented several television programmes, including two six-part BBC TWO series, War Walks I and War Walks II, as well as a series on the Western Front which was televised in the summer of 1999.

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