1846-Morton, Found that Ether worked well as anaesthetic, he successfully demonstrated to the surgeon (Dr Warren), at the Massachussetes. By December, Ether had been used by the British surgeon Robert Liston whilst amputating a leg.
Ether had 2 drawbacks...
- It irritated the lungs, makes you cough
- Flammable & when mixed with air could explode in the presence of a flame