Sunday, March 30, 2008

Here's to Scotland

Fact of the Day

The first use of anesthesia in a medical operation occurred today in 1842. Dr Crawford Long used ether to bring about a state of unconsciousness when he removed a tumor from the neck of a patient, thereby ushering in a new age of painless surgery. Another pioneer in the use of anesthetics was Scotland's James Young Simpson, who conducted experiments with chloroform. To read how The Scotsman reported Simpson's historic work, see the Digital Archive

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