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By Julie M. Fenster | Comments: ( 596 ) | Date: ( Nov 21, 2019 )

Ether Day is the unpredictable story of America s first major scientific discovery the use of anesthesia told in an absorbing narrative that traces the dawn of modern surgery through the lives of three extraordinary men Ironically, the discovery was really no discovery at all Ether and nitrous oxide had been known for than forty years to cause insensitivityEther Day is the unpredictable story of America s first major scientific discovery the use of anesthesia told in an absorbing narrative that traces the dawn of modern surgery through the lives of three extraordinary men Ironically, the discovery was really no discovery at all Ether and nitrous oxide had been known for than forty years to cause insensitivity to pain, yet, with names like laughing gas, they were used almost solely for entertainment Meanwhile, patients still underwent operations during which they saw, heard, and felt every cut the surgeon made The image of a grim and grisly operating room, like the one in Mary Shelley s Frankenstein, was in fact starkly accurate in portraying the conditions of surgery before anesthesia.With hope for relief seemingly long gone, the breakthrough finally came about by means of a combination of coincidence and character, as a cunning Boston dentist crossed paths with an inventive colleague from Hartford and a brilliant Harvard trained physician William Morton, Horace Wells, and Charles Jackson a con man, a dreamer, and an intellectual Though Wells was crushed by derision when he tried to introduce anesthetics, Morton prevailed, with help from Jackson The result was Ether Day, October 16, 1846, celebrated around the world By that point, though, no honor was enough Ether Day was not only the dawn of modern surgery, but the beginning of commercialized medicine as well, as Morton patented the discovery.What followed was a battle so bitter that it sent all three men spiraling wildly out of control, at the same time that anesthetics began saving countless lives Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Ether Day is a riveting look at one of history s most remarkable untold stories.


  • Title: Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and The Haunted Men Who Made It
  • Author: Julie M. Fenster
  • ISBN: 9780060195236
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and The Haunted Men Who Made It

  • Vanessa

    Ether Day tells the stranger-than-fiction story of the men who were involved the invention of ether. The subject matter is fascinating - it's wild to think about life before anesthetics and how much medical practice truly changed with stronger solutions to pain. We really take for granted that anesthesia is safe and accessible. There's a heavy focus on the legal aspects of the discovery - if you're interested in the history of patent law, this'll be a great read for you - and also the lesser-kno [...]


  • Aimeeeastwood

    Really interesting was psyched that on page 5 they introduce William Morton as one of the men responsible for figuring out how to use ether for surgery since Morton is a family name and there's a chance he's a distant relative. Until they reveal that he was wanted in 5 states for fraud and spends the whole book trying to get credit for something he likely didn't have much to do with discovering. I have to admire his gumption, at least go Mortons! Luckily he didn't kill anyone.


  • Sandy

    Interesting historical perspective on the discovery of anesthesia especially considering all of the other famous people involved, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Samuel Morse.


  • Kyle Wendy Skultety (gimmethatbook.com)

    This review originally appeared on my blog at gimmethatbook.Thanks to the author for gifting me this book for review!ETHER DAY is meticulously researched; the characters are brought to life via the detailed descriptions of their lives and mental states.To think that people were operated on with no care for their pain, yet Laughing Gas (ether) was used by non medical people for fun and escape, is mind boggling. No one made the connection between the two until William Morton, Horace Wells, and Cha [...]


  • loupgarous

    This book by American Heritage magazine columnist and New York Times contributor Julie M. Fenster is a remarkable account of the history of modern anesthesia (a word assigned to the procedure by no less than the estimable Daniel Webster) and the lives of the men who worked to gain its acceptance in the medical world. Fenster has a wonderful dry wit, which comes in handy when describing the antics of William Morton - the mountebank and physician manque who aimed to make his fortune selling an ora [...]


  • Nancy

    I quite liked this book, unexpectedly lent to me. Having read a fair amount of non-fiction history, I thought the author did a pretty good job at bringing the main characters to life. Ether Day was almost a minor role in what played out for many years between the men who wanted to be acknowledged as the person who introduced ether to the medical world. The stories of the men and their personalities were quite vivid and surprisingly dramatic. The story of ether was also a surprise, as I had been [...]


  • Anthony

    Ether Day is a fascinating look at the history of anesthesia. (even if you’re not an anesthesiologist…) Think about it, the first clinical use of general anesthesia in the surgical arena was just over 150 years ago. This is an amusing and educational look at the history of what is arguably the most important medical advancement in the history of mankind. This book will interest anyone who has ever had surgery, plans to have surgery, has an interest in medicine or history, or just likes to kn [...]


  • Paul

    I really liked how the author was able to take the facts from history and make it a very readable and almost fiction like story. I really enjoyed reading the book as well as gaining that knowledge in this way. I felt near the end it got repetitive and boring but that was partly because of how the men's lives ended.


  • Kay

    Fairly interesting -- a tangled tale about three men, all of whom claimed the invention of ether. The book interweaves the tale of the three men with information on surgical procedures of the time. Needless to say, the development of anesthesia was an incredible boon. I'd have preferred more medical information, however, than biographical information.


  • Meg Marlowe

    One of the BEST books I ever read! Julie M Fenster also scored big with Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder and the Making of a Great President. Just such riveting writing. This is a just a little masterpiece though: while learning history, we also delve into the human psyche, it's dark penchants and addictions. Just fabulous!


  • Trisha

    Having read about 30ish books for my Writing class about the discovery of anesthesia, this has to be one of the most interesting out of them all. Even for someone who isn't interested in science, dentistry, etc I think this book would still be compelling.


  • Michelle Mclain

    "Whenever it is that self-abandonment is no longer natural but must be induced, childhood ends" -referring to Ether parties held commonly in the early 1800s.


  • Kayla

    interesting read.cially if you have just come out of surgery:)


  • Dennis Ross

    Fascinating history of anesthesia; a selection for my science book club Oct 2012.


  • Lo

    Everything I expected, but so much more.


  • Stanley Costkow

    This is an interesting and informative read.


  • Niki

    Heard about this from Radiolab. An interesting medical, historical and sociological tale.


  • Joette

    This was absolutely fascinating. Kids had ether parties, not drinking parties.


  • Adrianne

    Entertaining! Not as dry as I thought it'd be.


  • dejah_thoris

    The strange but wonderful story of how ether began the revolution of anesthesia in medicine. Thank goodness dentists were willing to try it! A great controversy surrounded who developed it too. Definitely an interesting but approachable read.


  • Keli

    I first heard about this book on NPR in 2001. The story was fascinating, a conman dentist made one of the most revolutionary discoveries in modern medical science and no one has heard of him. Plus, there's this endless feud between the various men who claim the discovery and its effects on the establishment, in both science and class, and the monetization of medicine. The sell was great. I remembered the author's name for weeks before I bought the book, where once purchased it sat on a shelf for [...]


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