Dr. Williams Dentist – Who First Use Inhaled Ether As A Surgical Anesthetic

Dr Williams Dentist (William Thomas Green Morton) was a famous USA dentist. He was an expert in dentistry and famous for he was the first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846. Since then, it was very common that ether for surgical operation.

BirthAug. 9, 1819
Charlton, Massachusetts
DeathJul.15, 1868
New York City
Known forEther for surgical operation
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Whiteman
Scientific career
InfluencesCharles T. Jackson
Horace Wells

Study Life

Dr. Williams Dentist born in Charlton, Massachusetts, he was the son of a farmer family. Dr. Williams entered Baltimore College of Dental Surgery to start his dentistry study life in 1840. ONE year later, he got notoriety for discovering a new process to solder false teeth onto gold plates.

However, in 1842, he left Baltimore College of Dental Surgery without graduating to study in Hartford, Connecticut with dentist Horace Wells. He shared a brief partnership with dentist Horace Wells.

In 1844, Dr. Williams Dentist entered Harvard Medical School to study medicine. He attended the chemistry classes of Dr. Charles T. Jackson, who introduced Dr. Williams to the anesthetic properties of ether. However, this time Dr. Williams left Harvard didn’t graduate from college too.

Dr. Williams Dentist Career

On September 30, 1846, Dr. Williams Dentist conducted a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to one patient. Dr. Williams was the first dentist using inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in the world.

Then, news of this use of ether spread rapidly all over the world. and the first recorded use of ether outside America was in London, by the dentist James Robinson.

The first use of ether as an anaesthetic

The first use of ether as an anesthetic

After the event, Dr. Williams tried to hide the identity of the substance the patient had inhaled, he refers to it as “Letheon”, but it soon was found to be Ether.

What’s more, one month later, a patent for “Letheon” was issued, but it was commonly known that the inhalant was Ether. Dr. Williams explained why he sought the patent because he wanted to prevent the abuse of ether.

The efforts of Dr Williams dentist to obtain patents overseas also threatened his statements of charitable intent. Thence, no effort was made to implement the patent, and ether soon came into common use.

In 1852, Dr Williams dentist received an honorary degree from the Washington University of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Williams dentist’s first successful public showing of ether as an inhalation anesthetic was such a memorable and widely publicized event so that many people consider him to be the “inventor and revealer” of anesthesia.


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