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William Wright, aurist: nineteenth century pneumatic practitioner and a discoverer of anesthesia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8203815     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
William Wright (1773-1860) was Surgeon-Aurist in Ordinary to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte of England. One interesting feature of his otologic practice was his employment of gases and vapors in treating deafness and other disorders of the ear. Among aeroform substances that he advocated for such uses were nitrous oxide and ether--gases that were destined to become anesthetic agents in another quarter of a century. Wright made the observation that inhalation of ether vapor would suppress the cough elicited by instrumentation of an inflamed and sensitive ear canal. He used ether inhalation beginning about 1820 in his practice for this purpose, and in so doing appears to have administered some of the earliest anesthetics on record.
N A Bergman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0003-4894     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol.     Publication Date:  1994 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-07-06     Completed Date:  1994-07-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0407300     Medline TA:  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; Q    
Department of Anesthesiology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia / history*
Ear Diseases / history*,  therapy
Ether, Ethyl / history,  therapeutic use
History, 19th Century
Nitrous Oxide / history,  therapeutic use
Otolaryngology / history
Reg. No./Substance:
10024-97-2/Nitrous Oxide; 60-29-7/Ether, Ethyl
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
W Wright

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