Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation

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Title

Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation

Subject

Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890
Warren, John Collins, 1778-1856
Letters to the editor
Anesthesia
Boston Medical and Surgical Journal

Description

On October 16, 1846, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. John Collins Warren performed the first public operation on a patient under ether anesthesia administered by dentist William T. G. Morton. Dr. Henry Jacob Bigelow witnessed the event and described the operation to the Boston Society for Medical Improvement on November 9. His account, printed in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal on November 18, is the first medical publication on this groundbreaking achievement.

In Dr. Bigelow's account, the patient, Gilbert Abbott, stated that "the pain was considerable, though mitigated." Dr. John Collins Warren, in an article published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal on December 9, said, "Being asked immediately afterwards whether he had suffered much, he said that he had felt as if his neck had been scratched; but subsequently, when inquired of by me, his statement was, that he did not experience pain at the time, although aware that the operation was proceeding." It was only a second operation, performed on the following day, that had a completely successful etherization.

Abstract

Account of Dr. Henry Jacob Bigelow as written to the editor and published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, Volume 35 (November 18, 1846)

Creator

Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890

Date Created

1846 November 18

Rights

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Is Part Of

Countway Library Bound Journals. The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, v. 35 (November 18, 1846)

References

Available online here through Google Books

Format

text

Extent

1 article (4 pages)

Language

English

Type

text

Provenance

From the collections of the Countway Library of Medicine

Files

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Citation

Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890, “Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation,” OnView, accessed July 18, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/12772.