Thursday, April 21
Ask The Professor - How Anesthesia Works
Imagine going into surgery and, instead of anesthesia, the doctor offered you a shot of whiskey and stick to bite on! Well, that’s just about how it was done before William Morton demonstrated the use of ether as a surgical anesthetic at Mass. General Hospital on October 16h, 1846. Shortly thereafter, Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the term anesthesia — and a new medical field was born, helping make the modern practice of medicine possible. Still, anesthesia — and how it works — is not well understood, even to the practitioners themselves. To help clear some of the fog, we’re going to Ask the Professor. Dr. Emery Neal Brown, is a professor at Harvard and MIT, he is also an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.