Anaesthetic may be designed to put people to sleep, but a packed room of West Tamar residents were "enthralled" by the topic on Thursday.
Held by the West Tamar Council Seniors Advisory Group, the weekend event featured a conversation between Humans of Launceston founder Adam Page and retired anesthetist Dr John Paull.
Along with his anesthetic work, Dr Paull is also a historian, having authored a book on historic Launceston medical figure Dr William Pugh - credited with the first successful use of surgical anaesthesia in Australia.
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"It was a great interview," said advisory group chair Roslyn Burr. "People were enthralled. Dr John Paull is an amazing man, he had us laughing and thoroughly enjoying his life story."
About 60 people attended the event at Riverside Soccer Club, which also featured live music - "appropriate for senior citizens" - performed by Mr Page. "We all had a good singalong," Ms Burr laughed.
The advisory group was formed in 2011 and seeks to implement a "positive ageing strategy". It features two council representatives, six to eight community members, and meets each month.
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