I Awaken to Glory: Essays Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Discovery of Anesthesia Horace Wells, December 11, 1844-December 11 by Richard J. Wolfe

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I Awaken to Glory: Essays Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Discovery of Anesthesia  by  Horace Wells, December 11, 1844-December 11 by Richard J. Wolfe

I Awaken to Glory: Essays Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Discovery of Anesthesia by Horace Wells, December 11, 1844-December 11 by Richard J. Wolfe
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Horace Wells has come to be viewed over the years as an enigmatic figure. Owing to his death by suicide in early 1848, and his inability to participate in the debate that soon erupted over credit for the discovery of anesthesia, the literature on himMoreHorace Wells has come to be viewed over the years as an enigmatic figure. Owing to his death by suicide in early 1848, and his inability to participate in the debate that soon erupted over credit for the discovery of anesthesia, the literature on him is confused, fragmentary and incomplete.

While he is considered by some to have been the most benevolent and ethically correct participant in the early anesthesia story, an idealist who believed that anesthesia should be as free as the air we breathe, he has been characterized by others as volatile, erratic, errant, and wayward. In 1991, three years before the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Wellss discovery of inhalation anesthesia, the contributors to this volume decided that it was high time to dig deeper into the literature on Wells and on the early anesthesia controversy and attempt to present an accurate account of Wells and his role in ushering in the era of modern anesthesia.

Out of their research has emerged I Awaken To Glory, a compilation of twelve essays which not only present a clearer picture of Wellss efforts in bringing about painless surgery, but also delve into many aspects of his life and character that have been largely ignored. The initial essay in I Awaken To Glory reviews the period between 1800, when Humphry Davy suggested that nitrous oxide gas might prove useful in alleviating pain during surgical operations, and 1844, when Horace Wells was first to put Davys observation to the test.

It explores why it took forty-four years for this event to happen, and then reviews and explicates the momentous circumstances that afterwards led to the introduction of anesthesia into surgery. Two succeeding essays describe and analyze Horace Wellss dental practice for the very first time, also presenting in transcribed form his Day Book A, perhaps the most complete record extant of dental office transactions in the United States at mid-century.

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