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Chloroform bottle

Date: 1847 - 1899 | Identifier: Country Doctor Museum
In July 1831, American physician Samuel Guthrie discovered chloroform. Three years later, the chemical was named and characterized by Jean-Baptiste Dumas. Chloroform’s anesthetic properties were first noted in 1847 by Marie-Jean-Pierre Flourens. If used incorrectly, chloroform would cause headaches, altered consciousness, convulsions, respiratory paralysis, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Even though ether eventually proved to be safer, chloroform was the more popular anesthetic for years because in contrast to ether, it smells pleasant, it was less expensive, and it was easier to administer. more...
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