won't hurt a bit. We've all
heard that one before. Through the
ages, people have used substances
to dull painfrom alcohol to
opium. However, through the 1800s
many surgical procedureseven
amputations!were performed without
any anesthetic at all. By the late-1800s,
doctors had developed techniques using
ether or chloroform to keep the patient
from feeling the pain of surgery.
There was always the danger, though,
that the dose intended to produce
a gentle, pleasant sleep ended up
producing something, well, more permanent.