No More Pain: Alternative Methods of Anaesthesia in 1840s Britain and Hungary. A Sociological Analysis

The article explores a unique chapter of medical history from a comparative angle. It focuses on the first forms of surgical anaesthesia: the writing discusses the so-called magnetic (or mesmeric) and narcotic pain relief methods in Great Britain and Hungary. The overview describes the circumstances of the emergence and diffusion of these two medical innovations in the two countries. The analysis is sociological, that is, it emphasizes social aspects in the historical overview. Hence, the article argues for a broader sociological horizon in the history of science studies.

Released: Replika 105, 31–52.
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