The First Anesthetic
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The First Anesthetic

The Story of Crawford Long

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 04/01/2009

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3436-3

List Price: $26.95

The First Anesthetic

The Story of Crawford Long

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In 1846 William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868) performed the first publicly-witnessed surgery to use ether as an anesthetic when he removed a neck tumor from a patient at Massacusetts General Hospital. News of the dramatic event quickly spread and Morton was erroneously credited with discovering the procedure. Few people at the time knew that Crawford W. Long (1815-1878), a physician from Danielsville, Georgia, was the true pioneer of this important medical advancement. In 1950 Frank Kells Boland published The First Anesthetic, tracing the history of Long's first discoveries and uses of anesthesia and calling for wider recognition of his achievements.

The discovery of surgical anesthesia by Crawford W. Long ever stimulates interest and enthusiasm among those interested in the history of medicine. Boland has written the events relating to the discovery of the use of ether by Long in a sprightly style that captivates the imagination of the reader.

—John C. Krantz Jr., Quarterly Review of Biology

About the Author/Editor

FRANK KELLS BOLAND was a medical history scholar who served as Chairman of the Committee on Medical History of the Medical Association of Georgia. After publishing The First Anesthetic he served as President of the Crawford Long Memorial Association.