Julie M. Fenster: Ether Day The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and the Haunted Men Who Made It



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Fairly interesting a tangled tale about three men all of whom claimed the invention of ether The book interweaves the tale of the three men with information on surgical procedures of the time Needless to say the development of anesthesia was an incredible boon I d ave preferred medical information Dem Nordpol am nächsten however than biographical information Ether Day is a fascinating look at theistory of anesthesia even if you re not an anesthesiologist Think about it the first clinical use of general anesthesia in the surgical arena was just over 150 years ago This is an amusing and educational look at the Heart Beat history of what is arguably the most important medical advancement in theistory of mankind This book will interest anyone who The Site Book has everad surgery plans to The Devils Possession have surgeryas an interest in medicine or Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, history or just likes to know stuff I firsteard about this book on NPR in 2001 The story was fascinating a conman dentist made one of the most revolutionary discoveries in modern medical science and no one as eard of 僕の愛を知れ! [Boku no Ai o Shire!] him Plus there s this endless feud between the various men who claim the discovery and its eff I uite liked this book unexpectedly lent to me Having read a fair amount of non fictionistory I thought the author did a pretty good job at bringing the main characters to life Ether Day was almost a minor role in what played out for many years between the men who wanted to be acknowledged as the person who introduced ether to the medical world The stories of the men and their personalities were uite vivid and surprisingly dramatic The story of ether was also a surprise as I The Boy Who Would Not Say His Name had been unaware of the prevalence of social use of ether prior to Ether Day The science of ether and the medical use was like mortar between bricks not taking up a lot of the book but it was nicely integrated and provided the structure to explore the responses of the medical profession in other places besides Boston where the 1stospital use is likely to Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped have occurred I would go for a 35ere as I think the book was uite interesting for such an unexpected topic This book by American Heritage magazine columnist and New York Times contributor Julie M Fenster is a remarkable account of the The Hunger Within history of modern anesthesia a word assigned to the procedure by no less than the estimable Daniel Webster and the lives of the men who worked to gain its acceptance in the medical world Fensteras a wonderful dry wit which comes in Between Two Skies handy when describing the antics of William Morton the mountebank and physician manue who aimed to makeis fortune selling an orange scented version of common sulphuric ether named in what seems to be the first trademark of a medical good Letheon and who left a record of swindles and business fraud ranging from New Hampshire to New Orleans before demonstrating to the physicians of Massachusetts General Hospital Though ether may not spring to mind in a search for the greatest medical discovery the description of su.

He usefulness of ether in surgery largely removing its greatest terror unrelieved pain While effusive in Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England her praise of the procedure of anesthesia itself Fenster gives us wonderful warts and all portraits of the major personalities who jockeyed for the title of inventor of anesthesia which included William Morton and at least two respected New England physician scholars The venues for this struggle included the United States House of Representatives where certain Representatives fought to get their state s favorite son recognition and money for the distinction of giving anesthesia to the world This is a wonderfulistory of anesthesia as we ave come to know it in that early stage where it dramatically improved the lot of surgical patients with chemicals which before then were scientific curiosities used mainly for the entertainment of the middle class as then legal recreational drugs This showed up in a monthly library magazine and caught my eye Had to be ordered through inter library loan and came from Western Pennsylvania A slow sometimes monotonous read I found the medical istory a bit tedious at times but informing What I find interesting is that Ether is a preferred gas well into the 21st century Interesting The Dolce Diet historical perspective on the discovery of anesthesia especially considering all of the other famous people involved including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Samuel Morse Really interesting was psyched that on page 5 they introduce William Morton as one of the men responsible for figuring outow to use ether for surgery since Morton is a family name and there s a chance Brave Enough he s a distant relative Until they reveal thate was wanted in 5 states for fraud and spends the whole book trying to get credit for something Spunk he likely didn tave much to do with discovering I The Kafka of 238th Street have to admireis gumption at least go Mortons Luckily The Letters to the Thessalonians he didn t kill anyone This review originally appeared on my blog at wwwgimmethatbookcomThanks to the author for gifting me this book for reviewETHER DAY is meticulously researched the characters are brought to life via the detailed descriptions of their lives and mental statesTo think that people were operated on with no care for their pain yet Laughing Gas ether was used by non medical people for fun and escape is mind boggling No one made the connection between the two until William Morton Horace Wells and Charles Jackson discovered the other uses of this gasThe fact that these three men s lives overlapped was both good and bad the discovery of ether as an anesthetic made both patient s and surgeon s lives better but there was a lot of vitriol and ego involved as well Each stood to makeis fortune via ether yet their lives were not always brightened by their actionsFenster as clearly done er research there is both an index and endnotes showing the comprehensive reading. Rgery before ether at the beginning of this book will make a strong case for it This fascinating account.

She did to recreate this story She also includes a bibliography for further reading The 1800 s come to life under Geheimes Verlangen (Shades of Grey, her expert prose and background detail I especially enjoyed the explanation ofow the gas was delivered and Ivory (The Ivory Saga how the machines were tinkered with to provide a accurate mixing of gas and air The fact that these men experimented on themselves shows both folly and determination in Chapter 14 Chlory there is a section about scientists sniffing different concoctions of gases to figure out the best combinationEvery Thursday evening they would gather at the Simpsonome sitting around the dining table to inhale candidate chemicals I selected for experiment and Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, have inhaled several chemical liuids of a fragrant and agreeable odor Simpson wrote in a medical journal during the course ofis research such as the chlorine of The Temple of Death hydrocarbon acetone nitrate of oxide of ethyle benzin the vapour of chloroform etc One old friend a professor named Miller made aabit of dropping by at breakfast time every Friday so Venus Blueprint he said to see if anyone was dead The lengths these men went to in the name of science is unheard of today As the book jacket notes Ether Day is a little known anniversary yet without the actions of these men there wouldave been greater suffering in this world They were not Shame On Her Volume 3 heros either just men trying to make money or a name for themselves who fell into a bizarre chain of events that would send them all down a crazy rabbitole and eventually break themAuthor Julie Fenster Bisk CPA Review has brought the memory of these men out of the past and placed it firmly into our awareness with ETHER DAY I commender for choosing A Crazy Kind of Love her subject wisely and keeping this discovery relevant in a new way Ether Day tells the stranger than fiction story of the men who were involved the invention of ether The subject matter is fascinating it s wild to think about life before anesthetics andow much medical practice truly changed with stronger solutions to pain We really take for granted that anesthesia is safe and accessible There s a The Medieval Forest heavy focus on the legal aspects of the discovery if you re interested in theistory of patent law this ll be a great read for you and also the lesser known aspects of the lives of the men who claimed to discover it You won t find anything about William T G Morton s early days as a con man through cursory research for instance This is also a delightful read if you re a medical The Road Beyond Ruin history nerd who comes from Boston Many of the places from institutions to streets mentioned are still around todayWhile I liked the book overall Iad trouble getting into Fenster s writing style I wouldn t say it s dry but the book didn t grab me uite as firmly as some of the other medical istories I ve read It s difficult to put my finger on This didn t spoil the book by any means but it just wasn t a page turner for Tells of the three men responsible for bringing ether to the world and details their bitter falling out.