Describes the lives of four American doctors who separately developed anesthesia in the 1840s and their intensive competition over credit for the discovery.
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A clear, well-organized, and highly readable account of a dramatic chapter in US history. Although they would not want it characterized this way, four men shared in the discovery of anesthesia. Dr. Crawford Long was the first to perform surgery on an anesthetized person, but failed to publish his work for several years. Dr. Horace Wells pioneered the use of nitrous oxide for tooth extractions, but the first public demonstration of his technique was ridiculed. Dr. William Morton was the first to anesthetize a patient for public surgery, and was widely credited with discovering anesthesia. But chemist Charles T. Jackson fought to discredit Morton and claim credit himself. Wells, Morton, and Jackson were embroiled in a bitter battle that resulted in early deaths for Wells and Morton and insanity for Jackson. All four men emerge as memorable characters and Fradin (Hiawatha, 1992, etc.) gives each his due, maintaining that all of them deserve some credit for the discovery. Riveting. (b&w photos, index) (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7-10?In this interesting narrative that reads almost like a television drama, Fradin relates the story of four men, each of whom claimed to have discovered the use of anesthesia for medical purposes. Using letters, old photographs, and statements from scientists and patients, the author examines the lives of Crawford Long, Horace Wells, William Morton, and Charles Jackson, and interprets the role each man played in the great discovery and the battle over recognition that ensued. With so many players and so much action taking place in one locale or another, readers are sometimes hard pressed to keep straight the claimants and events, making the book better for general reading than reports. Still, it's a fascinating and objectively presented piece of medical history. Good-quality photographs and reproductions expand and extend interest and information.?Lois McCulley, Wichita Falls High School, TX
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