What is spinal anesthesia?

  • (noun): Anesthesia of the lower half of the body; caused by injury to the spinal cord or by injecting an anesthetic beneath the arachnoid membrane that surrounds the spinal cord.
    Synonyms: spinal anaesthesia, spinal

Some articles on spinal anesthesia, anesthesia, spinal:

August Bier - Spinal Anesthesia
... On 16 August 1898, Bier performed the first operation under spinal anesthesia at the Royal Surgical Hospital of the University of Kiel ... was severely infected with tuberculosis, but he dreaded the prospect of general anesthesia because he had suffered severe adverse side effects during multiple previous operations ... Therefore, Bier suggested "cocainization" of the spinal cord as an alternative to general anesthesia ...