Written by Dr. Gayatri Krishnan, MD Anaesthesiology | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Dec 10, 2018

Ether and Choloform

The turning point was to come on 16thOctober 1846, when William T.G. Morton demonstrated the removal of a jaw tumour done painlessly with the patient being anaesthetized with 'Ether'. Following this demonstration, doctors around the world began using ether successfully for different types of surgeries.

The subsequent year saw the introduction of chloroform into anaesthesia and ether and chloroform were used widely throughout the world.

John Snow, a leading anaesthetist in London, administered chloroform to Queen Victoria for the birth of her eighth child, Prince Leopold in1853, for painless labour. Pain-free labour, which was until then considered immoral, gained respectability and it met with the queen's approval. "Dr. Snow gave that blessed chloroform and the effect was soothing, quieting,and delightful beyond measure." She was to receive it again for the birth of Princess Beatrice. The method used by John Snow came to be known as 'chloroform a la Reine'. Meanwhile, refinements in the apparatus used to administer ether to the patient continued to take place.

Comments

vivekadt Wednesday, August 3, 2011

great information, but kindly include some advance use of Anaesthesia in different OT stages. thanks

ashok garg Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Im surprised, to know the ancient methods of anaesthesia like forceful knock on head, snow anaesthesia etc.

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