Medicine: Who Discovered Anesthesia?

One day last week 10,000 Southerners poured into the little town of Jefferson in northern Georgia. Most of them went to see Postmaster General Jim Farley, posting through the South on one of his periodic junkets (see p. 15). Officially, they went to honor Jefferson's Crawford Williamson Long, first doctor to operate under ether, 98 years ago. At noon, on the village square, the Postmaster General sold a sheaf of new two-cent stamps, bearing the bearded countenance of Dr. Long, to the only survivor of his twelve children—his aged daughter, Mrs. Eugenia Long Harper.

The high-school band blared, and Postmaster Farley added...

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