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Anesthesia in the Military Setting 

Anesthesia in the Military Setting
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Anesthesia in the Military Setting
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Maj. Christopher P. Clinkscales

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195396676.003.0028
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date: 18 August 2018

The contributions of pioneers such as Joseph Priestley, Crawford Long, Horace Wells, William T. G. Morton, and John Snow are well known to students of the history of anesthesia. Numerous events in the development of military anesthesia also deserve mention, as the practices of military and civilian anesthesia have existed symbiotically. This chapter gives an overview of the history of military anesthesia, and also covers ether, chloroform, orally administered alcohol and opiates, and cannabis, which has been used in the recent past particularly for the treatment of tetanus and head injury.

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