Items of Interest Volume 13

Items of Interest Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...gas was used for public entertainment in New York as long ago as 1842, by Dr. G. Q. Colton, but its later use was not then discovered. Dr. Colton went about the country giving exhibitions of the effect of " laughing gas " as it was called. He thus describes the first operation with it as an anesthetic: "On the evening of the 10th of December, 1844, I gave an exhibition of the effects of laughing gas in the city of Hartford, Conn. Among those who inhaled it was a young man by the name of Cooley, who, while under its influence, in jumping about ran against some wooden benches on the stage, bruising his legs badly. After taking his seat, he was astonished to find his legs bloody, and said he did not know he had run against a bench, and felt no pain till after the effects of the gas had passed off. Dr. Wells, who sat next to him, noticed the circumstances, and as the audience were retiring, asked me why a man could not have a tooth extracted without pain while under the influence of the gas. I replied that I did not know, as the idea had never occurred to me. Dr. Wells then said he believed it could be done, and would try it on himself if I would bring a bag of gas to his dental office the next day. The next morning--11th of December, 1844--I took a bag of gas to his office--Dr. Riggs having been called in--and administered it to Wells, and Dr. Riggs extracted a molar tooth for him. Dr. Wells, on recovering, exclaimed: 'It is the greatest discovery ever made! I didn't feel it so much as the prick of a pin!' This was the first operation performed in modern anesthesia, and was the forerunner of all the other anesthetics. Beyond all questions this discovery had its birth in the brain of Dr. Horace Wells."--Y. sun. more

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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 585g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880447
  • 9781236880444