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The Story Of Anesthesia

Updated on October 15, 2012

The invention of anesthesia and the touching story behind it

Long long ago when anesthesia was not invented , during operation, people were given nitrous oxide . Even after taking nitrous oxide the process of operation was still painful.

Anesthesia was discovered Dr Crawford Williamson Long. The advent of anesthesia is the boon to the mankind. Anesthesia has relieved people from from the unbearable pain during the operation. But do you know that there is a very touching story behind the invention of anesthesia?

Dr.Long had put in many efforts to invent the anesthesia and finally after many years of hard work and study , the anesthesia was invented. But when he revealed his secret to other scientists, doctors and masses about the power of anesthesia, that it is something which when taken during operation, will not make them realize the pain during the operation but all of them just took his invention as joke and were not ready to believe him.

Now Mr.Long was very confused about how to make people realize that whatever he has discovered is something very genuine. He was also not able to test anesthesia on animals as the degree of pain between humans and animals differs to great extent.

Mr.Long had one son who had 6 fingers on the palm of his one hand instead of 5 fingers. So his son came forward and told his father that his is ready for the operation on his finger so that it will be removed and during the operation his father can give him anesthesia as a result of which he will not even feel the pain.

When the day of operation arrived , all the doctors, scientists and people had gathered in the hospital to check if the new solution invented is really working or not. Dr.Long was very happy that finally the day had come when his invention will be accepted by the world.

Now,it was the time to begin the operation and the boy was taken to the operation theater. The arrangements were made so that the crowd outside the operation theater can see the operation being performed.

The boy was initially given the dose if anesthesia and then operation was performed on his finger. All the people who thought that this invention of Dr.Long was joke, were now astonished that the boy was showing no signs of the pain of operation.


After successful operation and the removal of the 6th finger, Dr.Long was poured upon with the praises for his gift to all the mankind. But then somewhere Dr.Long was feeling very uncomfortable.

After the gathered crowd dispersed, he ran to his son and started crying badly. The reason for his sadness was, after he had given anesthesia to his son's finger, he realized that there was some important solution which was very important potion to form the anesthesia. In all excitement the doctor forgot to mix it and as a result there was no effect of anesthesia on the boy. But in spite of the terrific pain during the operation , the boy did not allow the pain to reflect on his face but instead kept a smiling face.

Dr.Long was in agony. He apologized for his mistake and asked his son what made him remain so calm while there was so deep pain. The boy replied that he had full faith in his father who worked day in day out to make something which was useful to the masses. But then when there was no effect of anesthesia on his hand, he was sure that there must be some mistake with the solution.

Today because the son had full faith in his father and kept quite in spite of the unbearable pain, we need not have to bear the terrific pain during the operation. operations are no longer those experiences like the nightmare and it is because of the person who invented anesthesia and also because of the son who had immense faith on his father.


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      Freya Cesare 3 months ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      That is a sad story. Bless the child. He indeed had helped many by his brave act.

      Very good article.

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      Ramin 2 years ago

      you have one chance to come clean with me and only one chace . i looekd into his eyes with a what are you talking about look for about 5 secs. then i broke down and told him about the doctor that just threw anti-depressants and sleeping pills at me and how i tried the adderall on my own and how i felt normal for the first time in my life and to my surprise he agreed with me. he told me buying the prescription was wrong but he didnt blame me because he knew i felt hopeless. so,like an angel, he prescribed it to me and said that he prayed over it and thats why he helped me. he said he had a feeling he was being conned(which he was) but he felt that i was legit in some way. and god gave him a feeling(TOLD HIM) to help me and thank godd he did because now i feel like i can do my job working on helicopters, do my air national guard job on f-16s, and take care , play with , and support , my wife and 3 kids without screwing up and if i do screw up i feel like i have the umph to make it better if not fix it! i say all THAT to say this. ive tried from the time i was 15 to now to find something to help me feel normal or at least in charge a little. from pot ( which isnt bad ) to exctasy ( which is good depnding on whats in it ) to cocaine ( which is horrible! period paragragh!) and this led me to big addictions especially with pain meds! and now i dont even feel the slightest urge ( EVEN THE SLIGHTEST) to do any of that sh!t! thnx for listening and i hope my posts help at least one person whether its someone with add or someone living with add. if ur the later pls remember to treat them delicately as they adjust to there meds and if they havent gotten their meds yet be super delicate because we have a tendency to either blow up or implode which neither is good for anyone so just take it easy k .. thnx for listening rick from starkville

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Oh my! The pain the child must have felt would have been horrendous. I would only hope as this was an 'extra finger', there weren't many nerves in it.

      I suspect this is a story that I will remember for some time.

      This is a faith that perhaps, is less obvious to western eyes. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Archa 5 years ago from India

      Thank you suzettenaples ..:)

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      Archa 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Rajan

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A beautiful and touching story about the demonstration of the effect of anesthesia. We have to be thankful to the young boy whose courage made way for future painless operations possible and of course Dr.Long's discovery.

      Thanks for an interesting hub, Archa. Voted up & beautiful.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is quite a touching story. What a sacrifice the boy made for his father and his ultimate belief in what his father had created. This is a beautiful story. I never knew the story behind the discovery or invention of anesthesia.