The New York Herald's Very First Report on Dr. Horace Well's Arrest and Suicide—An Original Article Found in New York City Public Library

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The accounts of Dr. Wells' personal life, particularly those of his tempestuous final days, have remained somewhat speculative. On January 24, 1848, a troubled Dr. Wells raced outside of his home and practice on Chambers Street and threw sulfuric acid (vitriol) on two alleged “loose” Broadway girls. We were able to find an original copy of an article published by the New York Herald in the New York City Public Library describing the events of Well's final days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Anesthesia History
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • History of anesthesia
  • Horace wells
  • New York Herald

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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