The first operation, probably, that was performed in this section of Virginia with the use of chloroform was by Dr. [John] Reynolds. It was on March 1, 1848 , and the patient was an Irish workman at the Virginia Ore Bank. Dr. Taylor had gone to Baltimore and obtained a supply of the newly-discovered anaesthetic. With the assistance of Dr. Taylor and Dr. Butler, Dr. Reynolds successfully amputated the man’s leg.
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