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Biographical entry Lidwill, Mark Cowley (Bunny) (1878 - 1968)

Born
7 April 1878
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Died
25 April 1968
Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Anaesthetist

Summary

Mark Lidwill was a medical pioneer in cardiology and anaesthesia. He invented a portable machine for mechanical or insufflation anaesthesia, the "Lidwill Inter-tracheal Anaesthetic Machine", which he patented in 1921 and which was used in hospitals across Australia for over 30 years. Lidwill also invented the cardiac pacemaker, based on his discovery that electricity could be used to set the pace of a diseases heart. He was the first Director of Anaesthetics at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. His work was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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1896
Life event - Migrated to Australia with his family
1902
Education - MB, University of Melbourne
1903
Education - ChM, University of Melbourne
1905
Education - MD, University of Melbourne
1911
Award - MD, University of Sydney
1913 - 1926
Career position - Honorary Assistant Physician, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1913 - 1933
Career position - Lecturer in Anaesthetics, University of Sydney
1926 - 1938
Career position - Honorary Physician, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1930 - 1933
Career position - Director of Anaesthetics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
1938
Career position - Founding Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1938
Life event - Retired
1954
Award - Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

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Published resources

Books

  • McDonald, G. L., Roll of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, 1988, 332 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ball, C., 'The Lidwill Machine', Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, vol. 18, no. 1, 1990, p. 4. Details

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