Ryszard Rodzinski—A Forgotten Polish Inventor and Pioneer of Combined Spinal-Epidural Anesthesia

Andrzej R. Daszkiewicz, Maja M. Copik, Hanna D. Misiolek, Wojciech Z. Reiss

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Dr. Ryszard Rodzinski was a Polish surgeon who, in spite of his short life, had a productive career. His most important discovery was a safer method of performing regional anesthesia for abdominal surgery. The first description of combined spinal epidural anesthesia is generally attributed to Soresi in 1937. In the early 20th century, Rodzinski invented a novel technique, “combined lumbosacral anesthesia,” which combined lumbar spinal anesthesia and sacral epidural anesthesia. During the 19th Meeting of Polish Surgeons in July 1922 in Warsaw, Rodzinski presented an article entitled “On Combined Lumbosacral Anaesthesia,” in which he described this technique used in surgical clinic in Lwów since October 1921. Given this presentation, Rodzinski could be considered to have made the first known presentation of the combined spinal and epidural anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-146
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Anesthesia History
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Anesthesia
  • Anesthetics
  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Procaine


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