Oral B. Crawford

Oral Bascom Crawford Jr (1921 - 2008)

Oral Bascom Crawford Jr (1921 – 2008) was an American anesthesiologist.



  • Born 3 July 1921 Brookfield, Missouri
  • BS, University of Missouri
  • MD, Louisiana State University
  • Internship Kansas City General Hospital
  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • 1964 – vice president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Chairman, Department of Anesthesia, St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Missouri
  • Died 8 July 2008

Medical Eponyms

Crawford Needle (1951)

A Quincke-type epidural needle with an extremely short, and a very blunt, bevel. The Caudal cannula with its cone point geometry according to Dr. Crawford has proven to be particularly suitable in paediatric puncture.

  • Depth Stopper: Used to indicate a pre determined insertion depth.
  • Depth Markings: 10mm needle markings for quick depth recognition.

Key Medical Attributions


Major Publications


eponymictionary CTA


the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  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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