Letter regarding first surgical use of ether, 1899.

Collection Overview

Title: Letter regarding first surgical use of ether, 1899.

Record Series: MsC-73

Creator: Oscar Burbank

Date: 1899

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.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

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.

Inventory

Box 1

Folder 1: The letter

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.

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