Pain

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  • Pain
    • No anaesthetics until the mid 19th century
      • Doctors avoided surgery: pain, shock and blood loss
      • Alcohol and opium made patients less aware of the pain
        • Cocaine 1884, local anaesthetic
          • 1905-Novocaine
    • Most common surgery was amputation
    • First suggested anaesthetic- Nitrous Oxide, by Humphrey Davy in 1799
      • Made the patient less aware of the pain, but caused the body to convulse
    • Chloroform: James Simpson, 1847
      • Popularised by Queen Victoria in 1853
      • Difficult to get the dosage correct; patients died of heart failure
        • Chloroform inhaler-John Snow, 1848, reduced deaths
    • Opposition to anaesthetics:new ideas, disrupting God's plan
      • Chloroform: James Simpson, 1847
        • Popularised by Queen Victoria in 1853
        • Difficult to get the dosage correct; patients died of heart failure
          • Chloroform inhaler-John Snow, 1848, reduced deaths
    • Ether: William Morton, 1846
      • Problems with ether: heavy storage, flammable, irritated the lungs
        • First amputation- Robert Liston, December 1846

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