161 years ago today: First demonstration of ether anesthesia
On 16 October 1846
a crowd gathered in the operating theater at Massachusetts General Hospital for the first demonstration of the use of Ether anesthesia by an Dr William Morton. A vascular malformation was removed from the patient's neck.
The surgeon remarked, "Gentlemen, this is no humbug."
Over the following years a feud developed between Morton, Jackson, Wells, and Long over credit and profit from the discovery. Morton died in poverty. Wells became addcted to chloroform, threw acid on a prostitute and died in prison age 33. Jackson, suffered a stroke. Long died at age 62 while administering ether.Sources: The Unusual History of Ether; Who discovered Ether
1 year ago today: Resigned FDA Commissioner pleads guilty to corruption charges
On 16 October 2006
a lawyer said that Lester Crawford
disgraced US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner would plead guilty to corruption charges. The US Justice Department charged Crawford with lying and violating conflict-of-interest laws - he had owned stocks in food, beverage and medical device companies he was in charge of regulating. He had also lied about this.
He received at $90,000 fine and 50 hours of community service (unlike his Chinese counterpart who was executed - See: China's Food & Drug Chief Sentenced To Death
).See also: Zheng Xiaoyu meet Lester Crawford
Labels: FDA, The Memory Hole