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Roman doctors knew anesthetics

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Roman doctors knew anesthetics. Especially recommended herbs were: henbane and opium poppy. Nevertheless, the most important thing was to perform the operation as soon as possible, not to relieve the patient’s pain.

The surgeon also needed to have good and strong assistants who might be needed at times to hold down a struggling patient.

  • Jack Edward McCallum, Military Medicine: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century

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