Anesthesia: History & Invention


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Which of the following is NOT an important inhaled anesthetic developed in the 20th century?

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1. Which ancient philosopher and physician first used the word anesthesia to describe the analgesic properties of mandragora?

2. Many techniques for local and regional anesthesia were first made possible in the 19th century thanks to the invention of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The components of anesthesia and its origins are the subject of this quiz and worksheet. Your knowledge of past anesthesia techniques and their creators will also be tested.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be asked about the following:

  • Anesthesia inhalants
  • The first philosopher to use the word anesthesia
  • Inventions that helped make anesthesia possible
  • The creation of Propofol

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can define types of anesthesia
  • Information recall - remember what you have learned about medieval anesthesia techniques
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to answer questions about inhaled anesthetics

Additional Learning

For more information, visit the lesson titled Anesthesia: History & Invention. You will find the following topics inside:

  • The roots of the word anesthesia
  • The use of soporific sponges
  • The use of alcohol
  • Paracelsus and the use of laudanum
  • The invention of general anesthesia