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FREE E-PUB Î Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America's Greatest Medical Discovery and the Haunted Men Who Made It ⛅ Though ether may not spring to mind in a search for the greatest medical discovery, the description of surgery before ether at the beginning of this book will make a strong case for it This fascinating account tells of the three men responsible for bringing ether to the world and details their bitter falling out I really liked how the author was able to take the facts from history and make it a very readable and almost fiction like story I really enjoyed reading the book as well as gaining that knowledge in this way I felt near the end it got repetitive and boring but that was partly because of how the men s lives ended. Ether Day tells the stranger than fiction story of the men who were involved the invention of ether The subject matter is fascinating it s wild to think about life before anesthetics and how much medical practice truly changed with stronger solutions to pain We really take for granted that anesthesia is safe and accessible There s a heavy focus on the legal aspects of the discovery if you re interested in the history of patent law, this ll be a great read for you and also the lesser kno Ether Day tells the stranger than fiction story of the men who were involved the invention of ether The subject matter is fascinating it s wild to think about life before anesthetics and how much medical practice truly changed with stronger solutions to pain We really take for granted that anesthesia is safe and accessible There s a heavy focus on the legal aspects of the discovery if you re interested in the history of patent law, this ll be a great read for you and also the lesser known aspects of the lives of the men who claimed to discover it You won t find anything about William T G Morton s early days as a con man throughcursory research, for instance This is also a delightful read if you re a medical history nerd who comes from Boston Many of the places from institutions to streets mentioned are still around today.While I liked the book overall, I had trouble getting into Fenster s writing style I wouldn t say it s dry, but the book didn t grab me quite as firmly as some of the other medical histories I ve read It s difficult to put my finger on This didn t spoil the book by any means, but it just wasn t a page turner for me This review originally appeared on my blog at www.gimmethatbook.com.Thanks to the author for gifting me this book for review ETHER DAY is meticulously researched the characters are brought to life via the detailed descriptions of their lives and mental states.To think that people were operated on with no care for their pain, yet Laughing Gas ether was used by non medical people for fun and escape, is mind boggling No one made the connection between the two until William Morton, Horace Wells, This review originally appeared on my blog at www.gimmethatbook.com.Thanks to the author for gifting me this book for review ETHER DAY is meticulously researched the characters are brought to life via the detailed descriptions of their lives and mental states.To think that people were operated on with no care for their pain, yet Laughing Gas ether was used by non medical people for fun and escape, is mind boggling No one made the connection between the two until William Morton, Horace Wells, and Charles Jackson discovered the other uses of this gas.The fact that these three men s lives overlapped was both good and bad the discovery of ether as an anesthetic made both patient s and surgeon s lives better, but there was a lot of vitriol and ego involved as well Each stood to make his fortune via ether, yet their lives were not always brightened by their actions.Fenster has clearly done her research there is both an index and endnotes, showing the comprehensive reading she did to recreate this story She also includes a bibliography for further reading The 1800 s come to life under her expert prose and background detail I especially enjoyed the explanation of how the gas was delivered, and how the machines were tinkered with to provide aaccurate mixing of gas and air The fact that these men experimented on themselves shows both folly and determination in Chapter 14, Chlory, there is a section about scientists sniffing different concoctions of gases to figure out the best combination.Every Thursday evening they would gather at the Simpson home, sitting around the dining table to inhale candidate chemicals I selected for experiment and have inhaled several chemical liquids of afragrant and agreeable odor, Simpson wrote in a medical journal during the course of his research, such as the chlorine of hydrocarbon, acetone, nitrate of oxide of ethyle, benzin, the vapour of chloroform, etc One old friend, a professor named Miller, made a habit of dropping by at breakfast time every Friday, so he said, to see if anyone was dead The lengths these men went to in the name of science is unheard of today As the book jacket notes, Ether Day is a little known anniversary, yet without the actions of these men there would have been greater suffering in this world They were not heros, either just men trying to make money or a name for themselves, who fell into a bizarre chain of events that would send them all down a crazy rabbit hole and eventually break them.Author Julie Fenster has brought the memory of these men out of the past and placed it firmly into our awareness with ETHER DAY I commend her for choosing her subject wisely and keeping this discovery relevant, in a new way Really interesting was psyched that on page 5 they introduce William Morton as one of the men responsible for figuring out how to use ether for surgery since Morton is a family name and there s a chance he s a distant relative Until they reveal that he was wanted in 5 states for fraud and spends the whole book trying to get credit for something he likely didn t have much to do with discovering I have to admire his gumption, at least go Mortons Luckily he didn t kill anyone.