Dr Horace Wells: the
discoverer of general anesthesia

by
Menczer LF, Jacobsohn PH.
Historical Museum of Medicine
and Dentistry,
Hartford, CT.
J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1992 May;50(5):506-9.


ABSTRACT

The discovery of anesthesia in the second quarter of the 19th century was one of the greatest advances in the history of medicine. This discovery has been variously attributed to Long, Wells, Morton, Jackson, and others. In this article, the authors place in perspective the role each of these men has played. The conclusion is that to Wells belongs the singular honor and title of discoverer.
People
Horace Wells
William Morton
Charles Jackson
John Collins Warren
Chloroform sniffing
Obstetric anaesthesia
Molecular mechanisms
Crawford Williamson Long
First use of anaesthetics in different countries
Early religious/military opposition to anaesthetics



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