Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Anesthesia

Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford is the final resting place for many of Hartford's famous citizens.  Among these is Horace Wells, the Hartford dentist who discovered the use of ether for anesthesia. 

The busts at the ends of Wells' tombstone say "I sleep to awaken" and "I awaken to glory."


27 comments:

brattcat said...

fascinating, jack.

Luis Gomez said...

Really nice, Jack.

Kate said...

Fall must be a time for cemetery visits; yesterday and today bloggers have posted a number of snapshots taken in one of those spots. Theirs and yours as well has reminded me that I, too, need to visit one of them here in St. Paul. Your Horace Wells touched many lives, mine included many, many years ago during a childhood surgery. Can't say that I was very grateful; the memory of ether is enough to sicken me again. His is a unusual headstone. Thanks for the information!

joo said...

The top left is gorgeous! I mean I like all of them, but this one is special!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's a beauty Jack, as dramatic as any you'd find in a cemetery in Europe! It's nothing like Oscar Wilde's tombstone in Pere Lachaise but somehow it reminds me of it.

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

Really interesting - and lovely details!

Malyss said...

The monument is really beautyful and impressive!and M.Wells is my hero..What would be dentists dates without him?! I don't even want to imagine! Ü

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting Jack, thanks for sharing!
Léia

Rachel said...

WOW! That is very original. I have never seen a gravestone like it. Those sculptures on the end are so modern looking with their raw, stark emotion.

Lynette said...

Unique post, Jack, something you're very good at doing. Thanks.

Sharon said...

I do miss an occasional visit to the cemetaries of the east and midwest. They are so much more interesting than the ones in the west.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

It is sad that he died by his own hand and never knew of his contribution to medicine, dentistry and surgery. This monument is beautifully crafted and honors his accomplishments.

There was a connection to Paris, n'est-ce pas?

Bises,
Genie

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I wonder if this monument was designed and made during his lifetime so he knew what a monument he would have.

My wife's grandfather, from pioneer ranching stock, made his own coffin. The problem was, where do you keep such a thing in a house in Arizona, where houses do not have basements? His answer -- right in the living room.

I have had ether once, curing a surgery when I was 7 years old. I still remember the dream I had while I was going under.

Randy said...

These are great. If it were mine it would be a big camera!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely captures as always and the cemeteries in the east and south are definitely more interesting than those in west and midwest. These shots remind me of the ones in Savannah and in New Orleans! Hope your day is off to a good start, Jack! Enjoy!


Sylvia

VP said...

I hate the dentist, but this good guy made it bearable...

Bruce Clark said...

Love those B&W shots, Jack. Great details in both shots.

Dianne said...

I'm with VP - Dentists don't fall into my most favourite category of people but hey! he made it a whole lot easier for us.
So well done to Horace Wells!!

Regina K said...

I find walking in a cemetery is like a history lesson.

jennyfreckles said...

What an unusual tomb, it's very beautiful. 'I sleep to awaken' sounds like me....it's after 1.00 am and I just can't get to sleep!

T. Becque said...

I like that saying, it's peaceful and positive at the same time. Looks like an interesting cemetary.

Halcyon said...

I think the epitaph is fitting. I really like the sculpture too.

JM said...

Awesome Art Nouveau sculptures!

Irina said...

Work of art.

EG Wow said...

That's really something!

Delfina Schrecongost said...

An amazing tomb marker. The two sides create such a dramatic effect. Very grand! The guy did an amazing thing. It's very hard to imagine dentistry... or any kind of surgery for that matter, without the help of anesthesia.

CaT said...

what an elaborate grave!
i sort of like it... :)