Out of all modern technology we ought to be grateful for, anesthesia is likely to be the most important advances in the human race’s history. What if you had to go into surgery using only one container of whiskey? Neither can I. Apart from the unbearable discomfort that was likely to have come along with it, there was the real possibility of dying due to the shock that comes from the intense pain caused by the surgical procedure.
Over the course of thousands of years humans have employed different methods of making surgical procedures less painful such as alcohol or opium, or even fumes from a cloth that has been soaked with an anesthetic.
Here are a few of the most significant people in the Anesthesia’s history:
Joseph Priestley (1733-1804)
English researcher Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) lived in the era of Enlightenment which was a time when all sorts of thinking forward was happening. One of his numerous contributions to science and other fields was the fact that Priestley came across Nitrous Oxide. However, Priestley never explored the practical applications of this compound.
Humphry Davy (1791-1867)
Although the inventor is Joseph Priestley who first discovered Nitrous oxide however, it was British chemical engineer Humphry Davy who began experimenting on the effects of inhaling that chemical component. He noticed that the nitrous oxide caused him to laugh. It became known as laughing gas.