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Letter regarding first surgical use of ether, 1899.
Title: Letter regarding first surgical use of ether, 1899.
Record Series: MsC-73
Creator: Oscar Burbank
Extent: 0.209 linear feet, 1 box, 1 folder
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
Language: This material is entirely in English.
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Preferred Citation: [Oscar Burbank letter regarding first surgical use of ether, 1899, Manuscript Record Series MsC-73, University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Scope and Content
This is a photocopy of a letter from Oscar Burbank to Dr. W. A. Rohlf, of Waverly, Iowa, written on November 30, 1899. In the letter Burbank recalls witnessing what he states was the first use of ether in a surgical operation. Dr. W. T. G. Morton apparently originated the use of ether. He asked Dr. Warren to use the anesthetic procedure in a surgical operation. Dr. Warren then performed the operation in November 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The provenance of this letter and the date when it was added to the University Archives are unknown. It has been in the collection since at least 1974.
Folder 1: The letter
Finding aid updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.