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Beyond the Dentist Chair:Novocaine Affects History

April 21st, 2008 · No Comments ·

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

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

As history repeats itself and scientists continuously attempt to find and create new and more effective molecules, Novocaine took the backseat in the anesthetic world when lidocaine entered the scene in the mid-1940s. Just as Novocaine’s structure mimicked the cocaine, lidocaine’s structure relates to the Novocaine.

Pop Culture makes references to Novocaine all the time, especially musicians in songs lamenting heartache and wanting to numb the pain.

Green Day perfected making Novocaine a synonymous for numbing the pain in their song Give Me Novocaine:

Drain the pressure from the swelling,
The sensations overwhelming,
Give me a long kiss goodnight and everything will be alright
Tell me that I won’t feel a thing
So give me Novacaine




Tags: Procaine (Novocaine)