Henry Hill Hickman

Henry Hill Hickman (1800 – 1830) was an English physician

Hickman was the first to attempt to produce the hypnotic state by means of an inhaled gas. The resulting unconsciousness he called “Suspended Animation”. His pamphlet on the subject, in 1824, was refused a reading in England and disregarded in France

  • Born on January 27, 1800 in Bromfield near Ludlow, the seventh of thirteen children and son of a tenant farmer
  • 1820 – Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Died

Henry Hill Hickman Medal

Key Medical Contributions
Major Publications


Inhalational anaesthesia

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the person behind the name

Emergency registrar at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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