Crawford Williamson Long

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Crawford Williamson Long was born in Danielsville, Madison County, Georgia back in 1815 to James and 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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Comments (16)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - can you imagine surgery before anesthetics.  Ether was a big step.

Jul 15, 2021 03:56 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Medicine has progressed well over the years.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 15, 2021 04:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 15, 2021 04:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Grant Schneider and I are on the same page on this one. Enjoy your day.

Jul 15, 2021 04:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems that they all started very young, graduating by the age of 14, and heck I was just enjoying playing basketball and having fun at that age, haha.

Jul 15, 2021 05:20 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

While I'm pretty sure I never inhaled sulfuric ether as an anesthetic  (hard to tell living through the 60's and 70's) but I'm thankful for the pioneers in this field James Dray 

Jul 15, 2021 05:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Anesthesia can certainly be a friend to patients and medical professionals alike.  I am glad it has improved over the years.  

Jul 15, 2021 05:57 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I hope he didn't pass by inhaling to much sulfur James Dray 

Jul 15, 2021 06:35 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

An important invention for medical science, for sure, James. I had to laugh at Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 's comment.

Jul 15, 2021 07:25 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. I could make a crack about inhaling things to numb the pain, but I'll let that go


I said I would let that go, Bill

Jul 15, 2021 08:35 AM
Ray Henson


Jul 15, 2021 09:11 AM
James Dray


Jul 16, 2021 12:02 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.

I thought you were going to post the other famous quote by him:))Endre

Jul 15, 2021 10:30 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for another interesting story.  Thank you for sharing it.

Jul 15, 2021 09:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Another interesting historical read, and other than Doc Holliday's name was all new to me. Can't say I've given any thought about the origins of inhaled anesthesia.


Jul 15, 2021 10:20 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Nice post as always. I love learning something new about historic figures every day  :)

Jul 15, 2021 10:48 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I wonder how or why he thought to use inhaled sulfuric acid??

Jul 15, 2021 12:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James how interesting had no idea, all I can say is I hate signing the disclosure when our pets are put under anesthesia... Endre

Jul 15, 2021 10:31 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

After reading that Crawford Williamson Long attended Transylvania College and that a statue of him stands in the crypt of the United States Capital, I expected you to say that Dr. Long also created a Frankenstein-like monster.

Nov 02, 2021 09:10 AM