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dc.contributor.authorDesai, Manisha S.
dc.contributor.authorDesai, Sukumar P.
dc.date2022-08-11T08:07:58.000
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-23T15:37:39Z
dc.date.available2022-08-23T15:37:39Z
dc.date.issued2015-12-01
dc.date.submitted2019-07-11
dc.identifier.citation<p>AANA J. 2015 Dec;83(6):410-5.</p>
dc.identifier.issn0094-6354 (Linking)
dc.identifier.pmid26742335
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/25765
dc.description.abstractThe discovery of anesthesia occurred during a narrow time span in the mid-19th century, but there is no agreement about who deserves credit for this important American contribution to medicine. Based mostly on an examination of primary sources, we explore how formal and informal interactions between the principals affected their careers, lives, and attribution of credit for the discovery of anesthesia. There should be no controversy as to which individual deserves credit for the discovery of anesthesia if credit is ascribed for specific contributions. We suggest that credit for the discovery of anesthesia be divided among 4 individuals who played specific roles. Crawford W. Long first used ether as an anesthetic during surgery, Horace Wells introduced nitrous oxide for pain relief during dental surgery, and William T. G. Morton gave the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia and spread the word about its efficacy. Charles T. Jackson suggested the use of ether as an anesthetic agent to Morton. We also assert that had these individuals not known one another, the discovery of anesthesia would have proceeded in approximately the same timeframe, but Wells, Morton, and Jackson would have enjoyed more productive careers as well as longer, more peaceful lives.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.relation<p><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=26742335&dopt=Abstract">Link to Article in PubMed</a></p>
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0885066610389551
dc.subjectDiscovery of anesthesia
dc.subjectCharles T. Jackson
dc.subjectCrawford W. Long
dc.subjectW. T. G. Morton
dc.subjectHorace Wells
dc.subjectAnesthesia and Analgesia
dc.subjectAnesthesiology
dc.subjectHistory of Science, Technology, and Medicine
dc.titleDiscovery of Modern Anesthesia: A Counterfactual Narrative about Crawford W. Long, Horace Wells, Charles T. Jackson, and William T. G. Morton
dc.typeArticle
dc.source.journaltitleAANA journal
dc.source.volume83
dc.source.issue6
dc.identifier.legacycoverpagehttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/anesthesiology_pubs/180
dc.identifier.contextkey14905925
html.description.abstract<p>The discovery of anesthesia occurred during a narrow time span in the mid-19th century, but there is no agreement about who deserves credit for this important American contribution to medicine. Based mostly on an examination of primary sources, we explore how formal and informal interactions between the principals affected their careers, lives, and attribution of credit for the discovery of anesthesia. There should be no controversy as to which individual deserves credit for the discovery of anesthesia if credit is ascribed for specific contributions. We suggest that credit for the discovery of anesthesia be divided among 4 individuals who played specific roles. Crawford W. Long first used ether as an anesthetic during surgery, Horace Wells introduced nitrous oxide for pain relief during dental surgery, and William T. G. Morton gave the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia and spread the word about its efficacy. Charles T. Jackson suggested the use of ether as an anesthetic agent to Morton. We also assert that had these individuals not known one another, the discovery of anesthesia would have proceeded in approximately the same timeframe, but Wells, Morton, and Jackson would have enjoyed more productive careers as well as longer, more peaceful lives.</p>
dc.identifier.submissionpathanesthesiology_pubs/180
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Anesthesiology
dc.source.pages410-5


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