Rivalries and controversies during
early ether anaesthesia
Department of Anesthesia,
University of Pennsylvania,
Can J Anaesth. 1988 Nov;35(6):605-11
ABSTRACTNational and international rivalries can intrude into the arena of medical and scientific advances. Editorials and reports published in North American, British, and French medical journals in early 1847 regarding the discovery and initial use of ether anaesthesia illustrate these rivalries. The effects of these opinions and attitudes on the spread of ether anaesthesia are analyzed.People
'My beloved chloroform'
'The secularisation of pain'
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