|Ether was discovered by Spanish chemist Raymundus Lullius and named "sweet vitriol" 1
|The synthesis of ethyl ether was first performed and described by German scientist Valerius Cordus 1
|Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus first discovers the hypnotic effects of ether.
|German scientist W.G. Frobenius changed the name of sweet vitriol to ether 1
|Ether was used for recreational purposes at least as early as the 1790s, when James Graham (1745-1794) was accustomed to inhale an ounce or two several times a day, in public, "with manifest placidity and enjoyment 2
|English physicians Richard Pearson and Thomas Beddoes use ether in the treatment of phthisis, catarrhal fever, bladder calculus, and scurvy at the Beddoes' Pneumatic Institute.
|American physicians used ether to treat pulmonary inflammation
|Ether is used as a social lubricant during parties called "Ether Frolics".
|Dr. Crawford Williamson Long, MD, of Jefferson, Georgia begins using ether as an anesthetic for minor surgery.
|On March 30, 1842, Dr. Long removed one of the two tumors from the neck of Mr. James Venable under ether anesthesia. Dr. Long had originally learned about ether during 'ether frolics' while in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Oct 16, 1846
|Morton successfully demonstrated the use of Ether in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
|The word "anaesthesia" is coined by Oliver Wendell Holmes, four weeks after witnessing a demonstration of ether at Massachusetts General Hospital. 1 [More Info]
|Sir James Young Simpson introduced ether for use as an anesthetic during childbirth.
|Chloroform's anesthetic qualities are discovered by Sir James Young Simpson (Edinburgh Professor of Midwifery). Simpson had used Ether as an obstetric anesthestic, but searched for a better alternative to avoid Ether's overpowering smell and requirement of large quantities. 3
|Ether drinking becomes well established in Northern Ireland. Distilled in England and Scotland, ether is imported into Dublin and Belfast and is forwarded to small-town doctors, druggists, grocers and general dealers, and is then spread by peddlers. 4
|The use of anesthesia (chloroform, ether, or nitrous oxide) becomes generally accepted during surgery and childbirth.
|Due to an increase in use in Ireland, Ether is scheduled in Ireland under the Poisons Act of 1870, Part II so it can only be sold by qualified pharmacists. 4
|The Encyclopeaedia Britannica reported that "A dose of a little more than [a teaspoonful] of ether will produce a condition of inebriation lasting from one half to one hour, but the dose must soon be greatly increased. The after effects are, if anything, rather pleasant, and the habit of ether-drinking is certainly not so injurious as alcoholism." 5
|Ireland: The Intoxicating Liquor Act increases restrictions on sale of ether. Drinking ether becomes an offense, no sales are permitted to those under 18 years of age, retail sales have to be registered. 4
|Ireland: Intoxicating Liquor and Licensing Act restricts sales to doctors and dentists and requires that all sales be registered. Use decreases after this act takes effect. 4