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March 16, 1940

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JAMA. 1940;114(11):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110030016

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FIRST DAY SALE OF THE CRAWFORD LONG MEMORIAL STAMP  A new postage stamp commemorating Dr. Crawford W. Long as the discoverer of ether anesthesia will be issued by the Post Office Department, April 8. The first day sale of the two-cent stamp will be held at Jefferson, Ga., where ether was first used as an anesthetic for a surgical operation, March 30, 1842. This operation was for the removal of a tumor from the neck of James M. Venable. Four witnesses were present, one of whom was Dr. Edward S. Rawls. Dr. Long discussed the possibilities of ether as an anesthetic with his fellow physicians. The Universities of Georgia and Pennsylvania, where Dr. Long studied, have provided memorials, and monuments have been erected in his native Danielsville and at Jefferson, Ga. A hospital in Atlanta has been named in honor of Dr. Long, and on March 30, 1926, his likeness

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