Anesthesia Paper

6135 Words Feb 3rd, 2011 25 Pages
The Study of Anesthesia: History, Chemistry, and Activity

By Cordell Jones

The Description of Anesthesia, It’s Effects, its Careers, and it’s Future By Cordell Jones


In 1591, a young mother was dragged from her home and taken away. Her mercy pleas were ignored, and she was thrown intro a pit and buried alive.
What was this mother’s crime? She had given birth to twin sons, and during her labor she had asked for some pain relief. The Church regarded the pain of childbirth as a punishment justly inflicted by God. The ultimate intent of her persecution was to discourage other women from making the same decision.
You can tell today’s society is less diluted by medicine and anesthesia. Now if
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Long (1815-1878) of Georgia in 1842. (Science clarified, 2010) The operation was unrecorded though, so the official credit was given to Massachusetts dentist William Morton (1819-1868) for his 1846 demonstration of a surgery using ether in a Boston hospital. While Morton gave the gas to the patient through a breathing device, John C. Warren (1788-1856) removed a neck tumor without the patient feeling any pain at all.
Following this, general anesthesia began to be used all over the U.S. and Europe. (Science clarified, 2010)
Chloroform was introduced as a surgical anesthetic by a Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson (1811-1870) in 1847. (Science clarified, 2010) After first practicing anesthetic that made childbirth less painful for women. Although it helped the pain of labor, chloroform had higher risks than those with ether. (Science clarifid, 2010) Neither ether, nor chloroform is used in surgery today. (Camp, 2010)
Now after this will talk about the modern anesthetics history.
Modern Anesthetics Now there have been more anesthetics discovered since the first anesthetic discovery. Here’s a few of them.
First, ketamine was founded by Dr. Craig Newlands of Wayne State University. It was then developed by Parke-Davis in 1962 for and effort to find a safer alternative to phencyclidine (PCP), which was likely to cause hallucinations, neurotoxicity and seizures. The drug was first given to American soldiers during the Vietnam War. It is still widely

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