Crawford Williamson Long was born in Danielsville, Madison County, Georgia back in 1815 to James and Elizabeth.by the age of fourteen he had graduated for the local academy. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, after receiving his A.M. degree, he continued his education at Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky.
He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania receiving his M.D. degree in 1839. After graduation, he did an 18-month internship in New York before returning to Georgia. He started his medical practice in Jefferson, Jackson County in 1841. He was a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society and a cousin of the western legend Doc Holliday. Doctors Day is celebrated on March 30 every year to commemorate Long’s contributions. A statue of Long stands in the crypt of the United States Capitol. Crawford Long Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia is named in his honor. His childhood home is in the National Register of Historic Places. He died in Athens, Georgia in 1878, he was 62.
What you may not know about Doctor Long is that he is best known for his first use of inhaled sulfuric ether as an anesthetic.
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