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Edgar Alexander Pask—a hero of resuscitation

      Some older anaesthetists have heard the name “Pask”, but few know who he was or what he did. The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland has an award named after him, for anaesthetic acts over and above the call of duty, but few know why. The man was a legend in his lifetime and set an example that was to have tremendous influence on future generations.
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