Forty-six "first anaesthetics" in the world
Department of Anaesthesia,
Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 1990 Oct;34(7):552-6.
ABSTRACTData about forty-six "first anaesthetics" have been collected from the literature. This makes it possible to get an impression of how fast the news of either anaesthesia spread to Europe and other parts of the world. Most European countries had the news within 4 months and other parts of the world within 9 months. The use of ether seems not to have spread faster in the US than in Europe.Spain
John Collins Warren
Crawford Williamson Long
Anaesthesia/16th October 1846
Recipe for the first general anaesthetic?
Early religious/military opposition to anaesthetics
and further reading
The Good Drug Guide
The Abolitionist Project
The Hedonistic Imperative
The Reproductive Revolution
Critique of Huxley's Brave New World