The infographic presents a historical journey how medicine taught us control our pain to celebrate the world anaesthesia day.

To alleviate pain in patients, Inca shamans chewed leaves and let their saliva drip onto the wounds of patients. This natural remedy was a concoction of coca leaves mixed with vegetable ash.

Without anaesthesia, modern medicine simply could not happen. Before the mid-1800s, while some patients depended on optium and alcohol, others had to bite on a bullet to endure the pain of surgery. The history of anaesthesia is the enmeshment of failed trials and triumphant breakthroughs in the laboratories of life.



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