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Ether Day Pb - Julie M Fenster

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Published: 8th October 2002
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On Friday, October 16, 1846, only one operation was scheduled at Massachusetts General Hospital....

That day in Boston, the operation was the routine removal of a growth from a man's neck. But one thing would not be routine: instead of using pulleys, hooks, and belts to subdue a patient writhing in pain, this crucial operation would be the first performed under a general anesthetic. No one knew whether the secret concoction would work. Some even feared it might kill the patient.

This engrossing book chronicles what happened that day and during its dramatic aftermath. In a vivid history that is stranger than fiction, Ether Day tells the story of the three men who converged to invent the first anesthesia –– and the war of ego and greed that soon sent all three men spiraling wildly out of control.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prologue: The Laughing-Gas Jokep. 1
Ether Dayp. 5
A Blank Whirlwind of Emotionp. 21
The Hilarity Before Ether Dayp. 33
The Entertainment Is Scientificp. 53
Unwilling Collaborationp. 65
Silence in the Domep. 77
The Confidence Manp. 81
Next What?p. 95
Power Strugglep. 106
A World Waitingp. 117
Repelled by a Common Momentp. 124
Charles Jackson's Universep. 128
Horace Wells in Parisp. 146
Chloryp. 164
All Alone at the Tombsp. 176
In the Lobby of the Willard Hotelp. 187
Emerson's Wife's Brotherp. 201
Morton's Civil Warp. 213
Poison in the Beamsp. 226
In Dr. Jackson's Scrapbookp. 230
Epilogue: Since Ether Dayp. 240
Endnotesp. 243
Selected Bibliographyp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780060933173
ISBN-10: 0060933178
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th October 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 12.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.32