From Truth Serum to Anesthesia: The Discovery and Uses of Sodium Thiopental

November 5, 2015 @ 2:00pm ET

Sodium thiopental

Sodium thiopental, sometimes known by its trademarks Sodium Pentothal or Trapanal, has had varied uses ranging from truth serum to lethal injections; however, it is most commonly associated as a general anesthetic.  Join Michael Matson as he shares how this sulfur-containing barbiturate could be administered intravenously at a time when the majority of anesthesia in America was required to be inhaled. With reduced amounts of ether available following the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor, sodium thiopental was utilized ushering in major changes to the budding field of anesthesia.

What You Will Learn

  • The discovery of barbiturates
  • The history of sodium thiopental in anesthesia
  • The many uses of sodium thiopental over the past century

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Michael Matson
Kinder Morgan

David Harwell
ACS Industry Member Programs