When were epidural first used for women giving birth? Are there any other procedures that people get epidurals for?

 
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Posted on Sep. 2nd, 2008

One of the first documented epidurals was in 1885, when a New York City Neurologist James Corning gave a patient a thoracic epidural using cocaine -- however, the patient was a man and of course not giving birth. In 1898 a German doctor used the same technique on his assistant. Epidurals became more common in the early 20th century. However, epidurals were not used widely in obstetrics until the 1970s. Prior to that, and still now, epidural pain relief was used for a wide variety of medical issues.

http://www.thepainweb.com/doclib/topics/000080.htm
http://wondertime.go.com/learning/article/childbirth-pain-relief_3.html

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Posted on Sep. 2nd, 2008

I don't know when the first epidural was used, but I think epidurals can be used for analgesia with any procedure in the lower body. The reason why I believe it's "lower body" is because if it's too high, it can cause breathing to stop (can't feel anything), which would kinda suck

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