Opposition to Anaesthetics

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  • Opposition to Anaesthetics
    • Chloroform
      • James Simpson sat with colleagues and inhaled fluid and were soon 'under the table' because of it
        • Therefore proven very strong and effective
      • Used to help women in childbirth
      • Most effective yet however too much meant loss of conciousness and sometimes vomiting and horrible taste
    • Laughing Gas
      • Reduced the sensation of pain
      • Discovered by Sir Humphry Davy
      • Patients aren't completely unconscious - are still in some pain
      • Used in a public demonstration but patient was in agony - killed confidence
    • Ether
      • Used during a leg amputation
      • Irritated the eyes and lungs, causing coughing and sickness
      • Easily caught fire
      • Vile and clinging smell
      • Came in large heavy bottle - hard to carry
    • Speed
      • It was believed that when the patient cried it was a good thing as it meant they were still alive.
      • In the early 1800's there were no effective  anaesthetic so patients were usually tied or help down during surgery.
      • Surgeons prided themselves in speedy operations - The quicker, the better, less pain for the patient.
      • Although speedy operations did cause problems as they may cut off more than needed etc.


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