Anesthesia Started As A Party Drug

From PBS Terra.

Before general anesthesia, surgery was a gruesome affair. The main reason we now have effective pain relief during medical procedures is because of…parties?! Maren Hunsberger follows the story of anesthetic gasses from the Old Operating Theatre in London through to today’s science of modern anesthesia.

Fascinating Fails tells the stories of accidents in history that have resulted in some of our biggest discoveries, inventions, and breakthroughs. Following those often jaw-dropping (and sometimes hilarious) fails through time to today, host Maren Hunsberger asks: "What’s next?". By talking to today’s innovative young scientists, engineers, artists, and other big thinkers, we see how the mistakes of the past are leading us into the science of tomorrow…and toward a better future.

Original Production Funding Provided by National Science Foundation – Grant No. 2120006 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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