”It is the greatest discovery ever made! I didn’t feel so much as the prick of a pin!” exclaimed Connecticut dentist Horace Wells after his colleague had extracted one of his bad teeth on December 11, 1844, according to anecdote. While in that time tooth extraction was synonymous with unbearable pain, Wells, due to the effect of nitrous oxide, felt almost nothing during the operation. Although it took decades for the world to accept his method, the dentist has been considered to be among the pioneers of general anesthesia.
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