Ouch!

Alfred Velpeau

“The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it today. ‘Knife’ and ‘pain’ are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. To this compulsory combination we shall have to adjust ourselves.” – Alfred Velpeau (1795 – 1867), a famous surgeon, 1839

During the 1840s, anesthetics like ether and chloroform became popular. Velpeau was both amazed and wary, remarking, “On the subject of ether, that it is a wonderful and terrible agent, I will say of chloroform, that it is still more wonderful and more terrible”.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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10 Responses to Ouch!

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Trust me, I know pain from surgery…I lost count after 10 ha ha😝

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  2. I’ve been through two surgeries in my life. Thankfully, neither involved more than soreness afterward. The biggest thing for me was looking in the mirror and seeing how big the scars were where I’d been cut open. Nothing drives home your mortality more than understanding that you are nothing but flesh and bone. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate the visit!

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  3. I wonder if on his death bed he gasped, “Chloroform!” Or maybe it was “laudanum!”

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