Something for the Pain
Ruth Levy Guyer on the history of anesthesia.
BLESSED DAYS OF ANAESTHESIA:
How Anaesthetics Changed the World.
By Stephanie J. Snow. Oxford Univ. Press.
226 pp. $34.95
Before the era of anesthetics, walking to the operating room resembled “going to a hanging,” in the words of one surgeon. So imagine what surgery was like for the hapless patient.
The changes that...