Early Anesthesia: The Life and Trial of Dagmar Nelson (Part 1)

 

Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

Most people know about Dagmar Nelson in terms of her being involved in the only court trial ever to test the legality of nurses administering anesthesia, but there’s much more to her than just that. We’ll lean on Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA, and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA to learn more about how amazing she was as a woman and what happened at the trial.

Dagmar’s story begins with her birth in 1892 and show historians Nancy and Sandy will give take you through her career and how the nurse anesthetist profession was challenged in court in 1934. As you can imagine, times were much different then and you’ll learn much more about how the trial unfolded and what both sides argued. Part one will take you all the way through the trial and the ruling and get you set up for part two in the next episode.

 

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Details on her early life and education. [4:38]
  • How she got her anesthesia training. [9:08]
  • What the beginning of her career as an anesthetist was like. [14:02]
  • California physicians were trying to get rid of nurse anesthetists when she moved out there. [23:54]
  • Details of the trial as it got started in 1934. [30:52]
  • The testimony that was given on behalf of the physicians. [41:17]
  • Here’s what the defense argued. [43:52]
  • What the judge said when he handed down the decision. [51:22]

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

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The previous three years, physician anesthetists had been trying to rid the county that was particularly around Los Angeles and so forth of nurse anesthetists. They attempted twice to have the Attorney General of California render an opinion that the administration of anesthesia was the practice of medicine. They lost both challenges, but never say never.

 

 

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