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NURSE Anesthetists Not First Anesthesia Providers

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    Posted: 30 Aug 2009 at 9:04pm
Sorry CRNA's, but NURSE anesthetists were not the first anesthesia providers. 
The first anesthesia providers were:


Gardner Quincy Colton, medical student showed people just what nitrous oxide could do.

Horace Wells, a dentist saw one of those demonstrations and realized that might help in dentistry. He went on to remove a tooth under nitrous at Mass Gen in 1845...

Crawford Long, MD
...in the meantime used ether to remove a tumor in 1842.

It all sort of came together at Mass Gen in 1849 and it became the Mecca of anesthesiology. (Still no nurses, just dentists and doctors.)

John Snow, MD over in England gained fame in the meantime with chloroform. 1947. (No nurses there either, just doctors.)

Mary Bernard, a Catholic Sister became the first non-dentist, non-physician provider of anesthesia. She was a nurse using the loosest of definitions. That was 1977...

However, the AANA's own website says nurse anesthesia was "established in the late 1800s."

Guess who taught all those nurses how to do anesthesia?
Doctors and dentists.


Nurses were used in the USA because the nation was big and spread out and there were not enough doctors. In other words fellow CRNA's, we got our start because of expediency. Fortunately it turned out well...

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Edited by ASA Follower - 30 Aug 2009 at 9:05pm
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