Experiments in Private Practice
Due to uncertainty regarding the safety of the substance, the hospital then suspended its use, and it was, at this point, still unclear what substance Morton was administering.
Experimentation continued in the meantime, nevertheless, and patients were anesthetized in private practice, by practitioners such as Jonathan Mason Warren in Boston and Abel Lawrence Peirson in Salem. On November 4, Morton unsuccessfully anesthetized a private patient of George Hayward during a surgical operation on the breast. “Dr. Morton attributed this failure to the fact, that, in hurriedly leaving his office … he broke the inhaler which he habitually used, and was consequently obliged to substitute another and (as it proved) altogether unsatisfactory instrument.”