The discovery of anaesthetics

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  • The Discovery of Anaesthetics
    • Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
      • 1799
      • Advantages
        • It supposedly reduced pain
      • Disadvantages
        • It didn't cause complete unconsciousness
    • Ether
      • 1846
      • Robert Liston
      • William Morton
      • Advantages
        • It allowed more complex operations to take place
      • Disadvantages
        • It irritated the eyes and lungs
    • Chloroform
      • James Simpson
      • 1857
      • John Snow
      • Advantages
        • It worked quickly and was therefore very effective
      • Disadvantages
        • It affected the heart

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