Historical Literature

Nielsen JS, Spoerel WE, Keenleyside HB, Slater PE, Clancy PR. Continuous epidural analgesia for labour and delivery. Can Anaesth Soc J 1962 Mar;9:143-52.

  • This publication changed the way that epidural anesthesia was provided in the labour room.

Linton RC, Walker FW, Spoerel WE. Respirator care in a general hospital: a five year survey. Can Anaesth Soc J 1965 Sep;12(5):451-7.

  • In the early 1960's, the concept of an intensive care unit was in its infancy. With significant opposition, Dr. Spoerel was able to persuade the administration to set aside a four bed unit on the sixth floor of Victoria Hospital so that all ventilated patients could be in one place rather than scattered over the hospital where airway problems and ventilator malfunction was common. With his determination a fine ICU was opened in the Middlesex Wing in 1966.

Spoerel WE. Planning of anaesthetic facilities. Can Anaesth Soc J. 1969 Jan;16(1):27-36. Available here

  • This article is an example of Dr. Spoerel's major contribution to the planning and development of the new University Hospital which opened in 1972.

Bain JA, Spoerel WE. A streamlined anaesthetic system. Can J Anaesth. 1972;19(4):426-435. Available here

  • Many publications that surrounded the development and use of the "Bain Circuit" or co-axial circuit helped us understand the characteristics of CO2

Spoerel WE, Greenway RE. Technique of ventilation during endolaryngeal surgery under general anaesthesia. Can Anaesth Soc J. 1973 May;20(3):369-77.

  • This was one of the articles associated with the technique of jet ventilation using the venture principle either through a bronchoscope or transtracheal jet

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