Thursday, October 16, 2008

Today is Ether Day

Today is Ether Day. (Not that we should need it after last night's debate).

On October 16th, 1846, Dentist Dr. William T. G. Morton (1819-1868) anesthetized a patient so that Senior Surgeon Dr. Warren could remove a tumor. There was quite a crowd present. Dr. Warren's comment after the successful surgery was, "Gentlemen, this is no humbug."

There is also the claim that Crawford Williamson Long, M.D., was the first surgeon to use it as a general anesthetic, on March 30, 1842, more than 4 years earlier than Dr. Morton.

Today is also Boss' day. We don't know who to use the ether on.


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