history surgery - anaesthetics

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  • anaesthetics
    • laughing gas
      • 1799
      • discovered by sir humphry davy
      • but you don't go unconscious
    • ether
      • 1846 John Collins Warren removed a neck tumour
      • 1847 Robert Liston used it to amputate a leg
      • But - causes coughing and sickness, it's flammable, vile smell and a heavy containor
    • chloroform
      • 1847 james simpson found it as he tested chemicals to find another anaesthetic
        • he used it to help women in childbirth and operations
      • but - caused vomiting, more risky operations were tried, blood loss/infection were still a problem and calculations with dosage
    • other
      • attitudes and beliefs
        • pain given by God
        • pain is natural
      • operations
        • black period 1870s high death rate
        • speed no longer important
      • worries
        • 1848 hannah greener's death from chloroform during a toenail operation
        • about side effects
        • dosage unknown

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