This Pete Smith Specialty looks at the history of anesthesia. In ancient civilizations, the original anesthesia was a blow to the head. Much later, alcohol was used to dull the senses; the patient felt no pain even when he was awake. In 1799 nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, came into use. In 1839 experiments with ether proved successful. Then came the current practice of mixing oxygen with various chemical compounds.Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fun Pete Smith short takes a look at the history of anaesthesia from the early days of simply hitting someone over the head to the current times of mixing oxygen with various chemicals. This is a pretty entertaining short if you're mildly interested in hearing about the various ways people were put under in order to have an operation done. Some of the forms are used as comedy including the use of alcohol to make people not feel pain but some are told with drama including one way, which was discovered after some college boys played a prank on a black janitor. As usual, the film runs a brief 9-minutes and there's really not any downtime as the film moves very quickly. Smith adds his typical nice narration and perfectly delivers the jokes.
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