Crawford Long House photographs

Crawford Long House photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Crawford Long House photographs
Dates: circa 1950s
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet
Coll. Number: ms2468

Biographical/Historical Note

Crawford Williamson Long, a north Georgia physician, is credited as the discoverer of anesthesia. Long was born on November 1, 1815, in Danielsville to a wealthy merchant and planter. At the age of fourteen he exhausted the resources of the local academy and applied to the University of Georgia. There he met and became lifelong friends with Alexander Stephens, who would later serve as vice president of the Confederacy. Long received his A.M. degree from the university in 1835. In the fall of 1836 he began his medical education at Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky, where he studied under Benjamin Dudley, a renowned surgeon. There, Long had the opportunity to observe and participate in several surgeries, but these were harrowing experiences, as patients were not sedated and often experienced excruciating pain. At times doctors used alcohol, hypnotism, or other means to try to relax patients before surgery, but these remedies merely affected the patient's mental state and did little to relieve pain. In 1851 they moved to Athens, where Long opened a practice and pharmacy with his brother, Robert. During the Civil War (1861-65) he remained in Athens and served as a surgeon to soldiers on both sides of the conflict. He died on June 16, 1878, shortly after helping to deliver a baby. -- New Georgia Encyclopedia (Retrieved February 23, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of three photographs of the Crawford Long House on Waddel St. in Athens, Georgia. The photographs were made in the 1950s.

Index Terms

Architecture, Domestic--Georgia--Athens--Photographs.
Athens (Ga.)--Photographs.
Long, Crawford Williamson, 1815-1878 -- Homes and haunts--Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Crawford Long House photographs, MS 2468. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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