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The first operation under ether narcosis in Croatia


The history of Croatian anesthesiology begins in Zadar: the first operation under ether narcosis in Croatia was performed here in 1847 – only five months after the first public demonstration of ether anaesthesia in the USA!


Five months after the first public demonstration of ether anaesthesia in the USA, Ivan Bettini followed with the first ether anaesthesia in Zadar, on 13 March 1847.

 


On 13th of March 1847 – only five months after the first public demonstration of ether anaesthesia in Boston on 16th of October 1846, and two or three months after London, Paris and Vienna – surgeons Cezar Pellegrini-Danieli, Jerolim Definis, and Toma Fumagallo, with assistance of Ivan Bettini, performed a procedure on an eighty-year-old woman with incarcerated hernia, using ether narcosis for the first time.

 

The report on the employment of ether anesthesia was published on the same day in the Zadar newspaper Gazzeta di Zara.