Although every person who undergoes any sort of surgery will need their services, anaesthetists are among the most mysterious medical practitioners. This book draws back the veil and reveals the workings of anaesthesia to the reading public. Kester Brown has spent most of his professional life working in anaesthesia and was President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. This book discusses some of his more personal views, as well as recording his interests in clinical anaesthesia, including research, teaching, and administrative and organisational work at local, national and international levels. Part memoir, part record, Catalyst is a fascinating look at the development of anaesthesia as a medical discipline in the latter half of the twentieth century, through the experiences of one who has developed with it.