The Atmosphere of Heaven

    The Atmosphere of Heaven

    The Unnatural Experiments of Dr Beddoes and his Sons of Genius

    Mike Jay

    Yale University Press 2009

    Paperback 301pp

    9780300168914   Product Code: 98197

    Mike Jay tells the story of the maverick doctor Thomas Beddoes and his brilliant circle of colleagues, whose risky experiments on gases newly isolated in the late 18th century were inspired by the effects of inhaling nitrous oxide, and whose experiments at the Pneumatic Institution were to influence modern drug culture and the development of anaesthetic surgery.

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