Modern anesthesia traces roots to American civil war

13 agosto 2014

The common use of anesthetic agents came of age during the American Civil War, as battlefield medicine translated to civilian use. «Prior to the war, alcoholic drinks, physical restraints, opioid drugs and bite blocks were the most typically employed methods of keeping a patient under control during surgery,» an author said. «It was thought to be unmanly for a male to undergo surgery with an anesthetic, which was usually reserved for women and children.»