En 1846 William Thomas Morton, un dentista de Boston, consiguió demostrar que el éter sulfúrico era ideal para dormir a los pacientes y evitar que sintieran ningún dolor, se sabe que anteriormente a ésta fecha varios médicos habían utilizado el óxido nitroso y el éter además de otro tipo de extractos naturales para adormecer el dolor de sus intervenidos, pero la patente la tiene el Dr. Morton.
First use of surgical anesthesia. The first public demonstration of surgical anesthesia, at the Massachusetts General Hospital, October 16 1846. Various anesthetics, from alcohol to opium, were used through history, but it was not until 1846 that a successful operation was demonstrated to the public and an account published. The anesthetist, seen here administering ether gas through the patient’s mouth, was the American dentist William T.G. Morton (1819-1868). The operation was carried out to remove a tumor in the patient’s neck. A bitter, unresolved dispute ensued between Morton and his colleagues as to who was the actual discoverer. Morton later died in poverty after suffering a mental breakdown.
V0018140 The first use of ether in dental surgery, 1846. Oil painting
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The first use of ether in dental surgery, 1846. Oil painting by Ernest Board.
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