8 Lack Of Anesthetics
Doctors were still experimenting with pain killers in the 1840s. Chloroform was almost like a miracle elixir, along with Laudanum – a tincture of opium, rated as Class A substance.
In 1847, a Scottish physician named James Young Simpson and two friends tried Chloroform after dinner.
They passed out until the next day and were happily still alive. Although Chloroform improved the success rate of surgeries, it was not popular because doctors believed pain was an essential aspect of the healing process.
7 Less Pain, More Harm
Laudanum was available over the counter. It was the medicine of choice for all sorts of ailments, including cough and childbirth. Diluted versions were available too, formulated for children.
You probably also think that the discovery of Chloroform would make surgical procedures safer to a great extent.
Unfortunately, surgery became more dangerous instead because surgeons were more likely to cut deeper into the body, utterly unaware of germs-causing diseases.