Rivalries and controversies during
early ether anaesthesia

by
Tirer S.
Department of Anesthesia,
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia.
Can J Anaesth. 1988 Nov;35(6):605-11


ABSTRACT

National 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.
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