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Charles T. Jackson’s Claim to the Discovery of Etherization

  • A. B. Gould


When the discovery of anesthesia is discussed, the names of W. T. G. Morton, Horace Wells, and Crawford Long are quickly mentioned; however, we must not forget the name of Charles T. Jackson, the physician, scientist, teacher, and author who was berated and publicly vilified for daring to claim what he thought was rightfully his. Of the three independent discoveries of anesthesia, only the Boston discovery resulted in the worldwide use of anesthetics for surgery. Crawford Long published nothing until the use of anesthetics was commonplace, and Horace Well’s discovery resulted only in the use of nitrous oxide for dental anesthesia in the vicinity of Hartford, Connecticut.


Massachusetts General Hospital Select Committee Sulfuric Ether Anesthetic Property French Academy 
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