Horace Wells - Hartford, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 45.966 W 072° 40.406
18T E 693390 N 4626423
Quick Description: A plaque in memory of Dentist Horace Wells, the discover of anesthetic surgery, is located on Main and Asylum Streets in Hartford, CT.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 8/27/2013 5:06:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMHYFC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NCDaywalker
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Long Description:

Dr. Horace Wells (1815-1848) was a dentist practicing in Hartford. He is credited with discovering anesthesia after experimenting upon himself with the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), N2O. Dr. Wells successfully demonstrated the anaesthetic value of nitrous oxide by having his own tooth extracted by an associate, John Riggs. He then used the procedure on his patients. He refused to patent the discovery because he believed that pain relief should be in the public domain. For a brief time, Horace Wells shared a dentistry practice with William T. G. Morton, who first used ether as a anesthetic in dentistry.

The large plaque honoring of Dr. Horace Wells is located on the building in which he once practiced dentistry. The 4' high by 2' wide plaque is inscribed in an ornate script:

1815 1848
TO THE MEMORY OF
HORACE WELLS
DENTIST
WHO UPON THIS SPOT
DECEMBER 11 1844
SUBMITTED TO A SURGICAL OPERATION
DISCOVERED
DEMONSTRATED AND PROCLAIMED
THE BLESSINGS OF
ANESTHESIA

E S WOODS AD 1894

In small a font size within the ribbon is the inscription:

THIS TABLET
COMMEMORATING
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY IS
PLACED BY 250 AMERICAN DENTISTS

Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: West side of Main St. south of Asylum St.

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