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How 1800s Parties Discovered Anesthesia

Season 1 Episode 2 | 18m 51s

Before general anesthesia, surgery was a gruesome affair. The only reason we now have the pain relief we do is because of...parties. Maren Hunsberger follows the story of anesthetic gasses from the Old Operating Theatre in London through to today's science of modern anesthesia.

Aired: 01/07/24
Funding for FASCINATING FAILS is provided by the National Science Foundation.
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