Randall Griffith 1894-1985
Randall Griffith was born in Montreal, Quebec Canada. He father was a doctor so
it seemed natural for him to follow suit. He studied at the same Magill
University as Murphy, but unlike Murphy, he continued to work in Montreal after
qualifying. He served in the 6th Field Hospital with the Canadian Expeditionary
force during the Great War and was awarded the Military Medal for
Gallantry during the battle of Vimy Ridge.
He spent some time as a surgeon with the Royal Navy towards
the end of WW1.
After the war he returned to Canada and in 1923 took up the
position as Senior Anaesthetist at the Homeopathic Hospital in Montreal.
Harold Griffith was the first to use the Non Depolarising
muscle relaxant, Curare (Intercostin) with his assistant Dr Enid Johnson on 23
January 1942 on a patient who underwent appendicectomy, this after being given
the idea by Dr Lewis Wright 278