Month: September 2013

Mixed Blessings of Neptune

In 1846 a new gas was all the rage amongst doctors and dentists in Europe and America. Oddly enough this gas had been synthesized as long ago as 1275 and later by Paracelsus in the 16th century, but it was in the late 1840’s that its anesthetic properties were discovered and used in medical procedures. On December 19th 1846 the first recorded use of ether in an operation in Britain took place, just three months after the discovery of Neptune. (Note 1) The meaning of ether is “heavenly”. Read More