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Procaine (Novocaine) Introduction

April 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments ·

|Introduction|Structures and Properties|Ancient Anesthetics|From Co to Pro: History Affects|

|Beyond the Dentist Chair: Novocaine Affects|Allergies|References|


A throbbing toothache has most likely ended patients in the dentist chair one time or another. Just as the chair reclines and the drill gets fired up, patients quickly request the magic injection that numbs the approaching pain! “Give me, NOVOCAINE!”


Scientifically known as procaine hydrochloride, Novocaine is the commercially accepted name of the anesthetic. The synthesis of Novocaine was monumental in the medical field, evolving anesthetic practices from their more dangerous drug roots (i.e. cocaine). The turn of the century discovery of Novocaine and it’s numbing powers has progressed the anesthesia industry and led to the discovery of similar, but more advanced drugs.







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