Ether, Early Anesthesia

Ether was first used as a general anesthesia by Dr Crawford Williamson Long in 1842, when he used it as an anesthetic before a surgery to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck. Ether was soon beat out by chloroform as the anesthesia of choice during the Civil War.

Sources: History

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Sarah is a historian with a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She mostly focuses on European and religious history, but also enjoys branching out to the rest of the world. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, with an end-goal of expanding digital archives (like this one!) to be as open-access and as widely available as possible.

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