WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30: A SURGICAL BREAKTHROUGH
Profile America -- Wednesday, March 30th. Things became a lot easier for medical patients on this date in 1842, when anesthesia was used for the first time in a surgical operation as Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia used it to remove a tumor from a student's neck. The anesthetic was ether, developed from laughing gas and inhaled by sniffing it from a towel. Crawford had noticed that people under the influence of laughing gas at parties literally felt no pain. Previously opium, alcohol, or the root of mandrake had been used to reduce pain but often caused a patient's death. In the U.S. each year, there are just over 27 million surgical procedures among patients admitted to hospitals. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 194
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 167
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau