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Dr Horace Wells
Birth: Jan. 21, 1815
Hartford
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1848
New York, USA

Hartford dentist whose experiments with nitrous oxide led him to be considered the father of anesthesia. Some scholars also speculate that Wells was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Dr. Wells attended a laughing gas demonstration on December 10, 1844 where he observed the properties of nitrous oxide gas and recognized its potential. Gardner Quincy Colton (1814-1898, FAG Memorial# 133151162) a showman and former medical student who later turned dentist had directed the laughing gas demonstration.

The very next day (December 11, 1844) Dr. Wells had Colton come to his office where he had a tooth painlessly removed by his colleague, Dr. John Mankey Riggs (1811-1885, FAG Memorial# 133048556), using nitrous oxide gas. This discovery arguably represents dentistry's greatest gift to medicine and to humanity.

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery conveyed an honorary Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree on Dr. Riggs in 1879. Dr. Wells was posthumously awarded a DDS degree during the sesquicentennial of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1990.

 
 
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  Elizabeth Wales Wells (1818 - 1889)*
 
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Inscription:
HORACE WELLS in block letters in stone on the front of the monument. On the sculptured bronze relief on the front of the monument are the following: THERE SHALL BE NO PAIN. On the bronze relief sides are on one: I SLEEP TO AWAKEN, and the other: I AWAKEN TO GLORY. On the stone memorial reverse is the dedication: HORACE WELLS / 1815-1848 / DISCOVERER OF ANESTHESIA.
 
Burial:
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Hartford
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: Section 4
 
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