Historical Marker Dedication: Dr. Crawford W. Long and Anesthesia for Surgery

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a new historical marker recognizing the first use of anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long. The dedication will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Jefferson, Georgia, at the site where Dr. Crawford’s office was located and where the surgery took place.

Historical Marker Dedication: Dr. Crawford W. Long and Anesthesia for Surgery
November 1, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
Crawford W. Long Museum
28 College Street
Jefferson, Georgia

The historical marker reads:

Dr. Crawford W. Long and Anesthesia for Surgery

On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long performed what is considered the first surgery using anesthesia at his medical office once located at this site. Using sulfuric ether, Long removed a cyst from the neck of James Venable before three witnesses. Venable reported feeling no pain during the procedure. With the proven ability to block pain, the use of sulfuric ether as an anesthetic increased the number of surgeries performed worldwide. Although modern anesthetics with fewer side effects have replaced sulfuric ether in the United States, Dr. Long’s discovery helped shape modern medicine by allowing for more complex surgical procedures. March 30 is now acknowledged as National Doctors’ Day in recognition of Dr. Long’s first use of anesthesia.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists (GSA), Crawford W. Long Museum Association, and City of Jefferson