Horace Wells

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American dentist and anaesthesia pioneer

Why Is Horace Wells Influential?

According to Wikipedia, Horace Wells was an American dentist who pioneered the use of anesthesia in dentistry, specifically the use of nitrous oxide . Early life Wells was the first of three children of Horace and Betsy Heath Wells, born on January 21, 1815 in Hartford, Vermont. His parents were well-educated and affluent land owners, which allowed him to attend private schools in New Hampshire and Amherst, Massachusetts. At the age of 19 in 1834, Wells began studying dentistry under a 2-year apprenticeship in Boston. The first dental school did not open until 1840 in Baltimore.

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