Dr. Crawford W. Long was the physician
who, on March 30, 1842, first used ether for surgical anesthesia. Born in Danielsville, Georgia on November 1, 1815, Long
entered the University of Georgia, then known as Franklin College, at the age of 14. Upon graduation five years later, he
apprenticed under Dr. Grant of Jefferson, Georgia, before leaving Georgia to attend the Medical Department of Transylvania
University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. It was here that he received his surgical training. Following
one year's internship in New York City, Crawford W. Long returned to Jefferson and purchased the practice of his former mentor,
Dr. Long was a young bachelor of 26 when he noticed that participants under the recreational use of ether
felt no pain from injuries received during their "frolics." He reached the conclusion that ether could make surgery
painless. The opportunity to test his theory came when James Venable requested that Dr. Long remove a cyst from his neck.
Three witnesses reported that, on March 30, 1842, the operation was successful and Venable felt no pain.
and documents highlighting the life of Dr. Long, as well as early anesthesia equipment are displayed in the Medical Museum.
1858 Pendergrass Store building houses a recreated 1840's doctor's office and apothecary shop. Exhibits on making medicine
and early treatments focus on the obstacles the early country doctor was forced to overcome.
Changing exhibits in the
Pendergrass Store offer visitors a unique view into the life of the 19th century citizen.