Upcoming events and meetings of interest:
AAGBI Anaesthesia Heritage Centre exhibition series
Vitriol and Lethion - ether frolics and medicine
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, London, 1900hrs - 2000hrs, Thursday 15th October 2015.
Ether was most famously used in Boston on 16 October 1846 by dentist William Morton. He succeeded in his public demonstration of using a substance he called ' 'lethion' to eliminate pain, previously a necessary part of dentistry or surgery. Anaesthesia was used here, at the Old Operating Theatre, from 1847, after news of the invention had reached England.
But this is not where the story of ether begins. From Valerius Cordus' first description of producing "Sweet Oil of Vitriol" in 1540 it took 300 years to explore its full potential for medicine: Anaesthesia.
(Ladies and Gentlemen), this Yankee Dodge beats Mesmerism hollow! - Robert Liston