Friday, March 30

Welcome to the Ether Dome

Oh, excuse me. You caught me hard at work in my laboratory.

Did you know ether anesthesia was used for the first time on March 30, 1842 in an operation by American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

William T.G. Morton participated in a public demonstration of ether anesthesia on Oct. 16, 1846 at the Ether Dome in Boston, Mass. (
Because of its associations with Boston, the use of ether became known as the "Yankee Dodge.")

However, Long known to have demonstrated its use privately as a surgical anesthetic to Georgia officials as early as March 30, 1842, and publicly demonstrated its use as a surgical anesthetic on numerous occasions before 1846.

British doctors widely prescribed ether as an anesthetic as early as 1840.

Today, ether is rarely used since it was found to have many undesirable side effects, such as post-anesthetic nausea and vomiting.

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