Review Article
Volume 6 Issue 2 - 2020
History of Neuromuscular Blockers
Ricardo Bustamante Bozzo*
Hospital de Urgencias Asistencia Pública, Clínica Dávila, Santiago, Chile
*Corresponding Author: Ricardo Bustamante Bozzo, Hospital de Urgencias Asistencia Pública, Clínica Dávila, Santiago, Chile.
Received: December 12, 2019; Published: January 28, 2020


Anesthesiologists administer anesthesia for almost 100 years without the use of the so-called muscle relaxants (from Morton in 1846, to Griffith in 1942). So, we were able to live a century without these drugs so related to our specialty and we have probably under utilized it in some opportunities and we have used it in anothers. I say wrongly called muscle relaxants, because the name is quite universal, because the most appropriate name is that of neuromuscular blockers (BNM), to differentiate them from thats drugs that act at the level of the central nervous system. If we were more purists, this name is not entirely adequate either, because succinylcholine, one of its most conspicuous representatives, does not block receptors and is therefore not a blocker, although it certainly produces relaxation of the striated muscles.

Keywords: Neuromuscular Blockers; Muscle Relaxation; Narcosis; Analgesia


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Citation: Ricardo Bustamante Bozzo. “History of Neuromuscular Blockers”. EC Anaesthesia 6.2 (2020): 01-18.

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