Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and the Haunted Men Who Made It / Edition 1

Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and the Haunted Men Who Made It / Edition 1

by J.M. Fenster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060933178

ISBN-13: 9780060933173

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060933173
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Harper Perennial Series
Edition description:
First Perennial Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Prologue: The Laughing-Gas Joke1
1Ether Day5
2A Blank Whirlwind of Emotion21
3The Hilarity Before Ether Day33
4The Entertainment Is Scientific53
5Unwilling Collaboration65
6Silence in the Dome77
7The Confidence Man81
8Next What?95
9Power Struggle106
10A World Waiting117
11Repelled by a Common Moment124
12Charles Jackson's Universe128
13Horace Wells in Paris146
14Chlory164
15All Alone at the Tombs176
16In the Lobby of the Willard Hotel187
17Emerson's Wife's Brother201
18Morton's Civil War213
19Poison in the Beams226
20In Dr. Jackson's Scrapbook230
Epilogue: Since Ether Day240
Endnotes243
Selected Bibliography265
Acknowledgments267
Index269

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