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Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum  |   May 2013
Statikil Sparked Paul Wood’s Interest
Author Affiliations
  • George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.
    Honorary Curator, ASA’s Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, Park Ridge, Illinois, and Clinical Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. UJYC@aol.com.
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Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum
Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum   |   May 2013
Statikil Sparked Paul Wood’s Interest
Anesthesiology 05 2013, Vol.118, 1159. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e318295c580
Anesthesiology 05 2013, Vol.118, 1159. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e318295c580
Fifty years in the wake of losing Dr. Paul Meyer Wood, we celebrate the semicentennial of his namesake library-museum in Park Ridge, Illinois. Among the many odd items Dr. Wood collected was this bottle of Statikil, which was distributed by a firm located just 1.5 miles southwest of the New York brownstone that once harbored the Wood Library-Museum. Product labeling claimed that any garment immersed in Statikil (and then squeezed out and hung out to dry) would be rendered “spark-proof.” Statikil was yet another weapon against static electrical ignition of flammable anesthetic gases in the operating room. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)