This month in medicine: Ether day

Jay, Venita
October 1999
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/19/99, Vol. 161 Issue 8, p934
Academic Journal
Recalls an historic operation in the amphitheater of the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 16, 1846, when William Thomas Green Morton administered ether to a young man who was undergoing neck surgery. Birth of a new era in surgery.


Related Articles

  • The delayed arrival: from Davy (1800) to Morton (1846). Adams, Aileen K. // Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Feb1996, Vol. 89 Issue 2, p96P 

    The article presents an historical analysis on the use of anesthesia for surgical operations. It was William Thomas Green Morton who first demonstrated anesthesia for surgical procedure. It cites an evidence that attempts were made from earliest to make surgery more tolerable. It notes the use...

  • James Young Simpson And The Development Of Obstetric Anaesthesia. Todman, Don // Internet Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics;2008, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p7 

    It is now over 160 years since the Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson (1811-1870) administered the first general anaesthetic to a woman in childbirth. His initial case in 1847 was just four months after William Morton's demonstration of the anaesthetic properties of ether in Boston....

  • Tarnished Idol: William T.G. Morton and the Introduction of Surgical Anesthesia. Nuland, Sherwin B. // Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences;Jul2002, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p361 

    The article reviews the book "Tarnished Idol: William T. G. Morton and the Introduction of Surgical Anesthesia," by Richard J. Wolfe.

  • Dentists on stamps. Shampo, Marc A.; Gibilisco, Joseph A. // Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry;Summer2007, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p222 

    The article profiles several dentists who have made significant contributions to dentistry and have been honored on stamps. It says that Pierre Fauchard who is considered the father of scientific dentistry wrote a book devoted to the field. It states that the use of ether as a general anesthetic...

  • Historical fraud? L√≥pez-Valverde, A. // British Dental Journal;6/23/2012, Vol. 212 Issue 12, p573 

    A letter to the editor is presented which highlights the authorship of the discovery of surgical anaesthesia by William Thomas Green Morton.

  • CHAPTER FOUR: William T. G. Morton and Anesthetics. Mulcahy, Robert // Medical Technology: Inventing the Instruments;1997, p54 

    This chapter presents a profile of William T. G. Morton, a dentist who discovered the procedure for administering anesthetics. In 1840, Morton attended the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in Maryland. The school had opened that same year, and it was the first dental college in the world. At...

  • DR. MORTON'S GREAT MOMENT. CHEEK, RON // Numismatist;Aug2014, Vol. 127 Issue 8, p60 

    The article focuses on William Thomas Green Morton, a dentist who was the first person to demonstrate the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anaesthetic. Morton attended Baltimore College of Dental Surgery but did not graduate and started a dental practice. His attempts to control the use of...

  • Surgery: science and craft. Turk, J. L. // Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Sep1993, Vol. 86 Issue 9, p499 

    The article presents some historical information related to surgery in Great Britain, with focus on surgery as a science and craft. Surgery was first considered a craft in the middle ages. William Cheselden popularized the teaching of anatomy. John Hunter started the study of surgery as a...

  • A useful mnemonic for pre-anesthetic assessment. Hemanth Kumar, V. R.; Saraogi, Ashish; Parthasarathy, S.; Ravishankar, M. // Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology;Oct2013, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p560 

    The article presents the useful mnemonic for pre-anesthetic assessment to ensure an effective pre-anesthetic checkup. Based on the Australian Incident Monitoring Study database, 11% of reported cases have insufficient or incorrect preoperative assessment or preoperative preparation. Among the...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics