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  • A.J. Wright
    ***************************************************** March 28, 2003, 3 - 4 pm Doctor s Day Lecture Doctors Day and Anesthesia, the Legacy of Dr. Crawford W.
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      March 28, 2003, 3 - 4 pm
      Doctor's Day Lecture
      "Doctors' Day and Anesthesia, the Legacy of Dr. Crawford W. Long"
      William D. Hammonds, M.D., M.P.H.
      Professor of Anesthesia, University of Iowa College of Medicine

      On March 30, 1842 Crawford W. Long--using sulphuric ether--gave the
      first anesthetic for a
      surgical procedure. That historic event in Jefferson, Georgia allowed
      physicians to
      perform painless surgery for the first time. Anesthesia has been referred to
      as America's greatest contribution to medicine and clearly anesthesia
      dramatically reduced the burden of suffering for all mankind. For much of
      the one hundred and sixty-one years since the first anesthetic, Crawford W.
      Long received little recognition for his accomplishment. In the past two
      decades some credit has at last been granted for Dr. Long's role in
      introducing this important innovation in medicine. Doctor's Day is one
      tangible and important symbol of the restoration of Dr. Long to his rightful
      place in history.
      This presentation will cover the historical facts of
      Crawford W. Long's life. His early years and education, his first use of
      ether as an anesthetic, the ether controversy and Dr. Long's response to the
      bitter rivalry between the principals in the ether controversy will be
      discussed. One of Dr. Long's most ardent supporters was Dr. J. Marion Sims
      of Alabama. The influence that this prominent physician had on Dr. Long will
      be explored. The talk will conclude with a discussion of how March 30 came
      to be Doctors' Day.

      Please join us for a reception following Dr. Hammonds' lecture, and
      the opening of a major exhibit on the history of anesthesia that will remain
      at the
      Reynolds through May. Admission to the lecture and exhibit is free and open
      to the
      public. The lecture will be held in the Reynolds Historical Library's
      Ireland Room,
      Third Floor of the Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd, on the campus
      the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The reception and exhibit will be
      the adjoining Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences.

      This lecture and exhibit are a joint project of the History of
      Anesthesia Section, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Alabama
      School of Medicine and
      the Reynolds Historical Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham. We
      like to thank the Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists, the Medical
      Association of
      the State of Alabama and Abbott Laboratories for their support.

      More information about the Reynolds Historical Library collections
      and programs
      can be found at http://www.uab.edu/reynolds/ . More information about the
      History of
      Anesthesia Section, Department of Anesthesiology UASOM can be found at

      We hope to see you there!!---aj

      A.J. Wright, MLS
      Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
      Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

      Dept of Anesthesiology/Library
      School of Medicine
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      619 19th Street South, JT965
      Birmingham AL 35249-6810

      205-975-5963 [fax]


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