An Unexplained Death: Hannah Greener and Chloroform

  title={An Unexplained Death: Hannah Greener and Chloroform},
  author={Paul R. Knight and Douglas R Bacon},
HANNAH Greener of Winlaton, near Newcastle in the United Kingdom, died more than 150 yr ago, on January 28, 1848, after receiving a chloroform anesthetic for the removal of a toenail. She was a healthy 15-yr-old girl who had successfully undergone an anesthetic with diethyl ether several months before for the removal of another toenail. Hers was the first death (fig. 1) attributed to the new and wondrous blessing of anesthesia for surgical pain relief. Various authors have ascribed her death to… 
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