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Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum  |   July 2018
From Benzene Rings to Political Ones: Metz and His Benzocaine, Anaesthesine
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Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum
Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum   |   July 2018
From Benzene Rings to Political Ones: Metz and His Benzocaine, Anaesthesine
Anesthesiology 7 2018, Vol.129, 36. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002302
Anesthesiology 7 2018, Vol.129, 36. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002302
As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped to frustrate competitors who might try to peddle a knock-off of his proprietary benzocaine. In the political ring, Metz frustrated Republicans by winning as a Democrat in the then largely Republican Tenth Congressional District of New York. As a Representative to the Sixty-third United States Congress (1913 to 1915), Metz favored neutrality toward Germany, a political position that fell out of favor with the start of World War I. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)
As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped to frustrate competitors who might try to peddle a knock-off of his proprietary benzocaine. In the political ring, Metz frustrated Republicans by winning as a Democrat in the then largely Republican Tenth Congressional District of New York. As a Representative to the Sixty-third United States Congress (1913 to 1915), Metz favored neutrality toward Germany, a political position that fell out of favor with the start of World War I. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)
As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped to frustrate competitors who might try to peddle a knock-off of his proprietary benzocaine. In the political ring, Metz frustrated Republicans by winning as a Democrat in the then largely Republican Tenth Congressional District of New York. As a Representative to the Sixty-third United States Congress (1913 to 1915), Metz favored neutrality toward Germany, a political position that fell out of favor with the start of World War I. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)
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George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., Honorary Curator and Laureate of the History of Anesthesia, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Clinical Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. UJYC@aol.com.
As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped to frustrate competitors who might try to peddle a knock-off of his proprietary benzocaine. In the political ring, Metz frustrated Republicans by winning as a Democrat in the then largely Republican Tenth Congressional District of New York. As a Representative to the Sixty-third United States Congress (1913 to 1915), Metz favored neutrality toward Germany, a political position that fell out of favor with the start of World War I. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)
As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped to frustrate competitors who might try to peddle a knock-off of his proprietary benzocaine. In the political ring, Metz frustrated Republicans by winning as a Democrat in the then largely Republican Tenth Congressional District of New York. As a Representative to the Sixty-third United States Congress (1913 to 1915), Metz favored neutrality toward Germany, a political position that fell out of favor with the start of World War I. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)
As a German-American born in New York, Herman August Metz (1867 to 1934) prospered as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and of dyestuffs. He produced a local anesthetic, benzocaine, the ethyl ester of para-aminobenzoic acid, which he trademarked as Anaesthesine (left). By embossing a benzene ring logo (right) on bottles of his numbing medicine, Metz hoped to frustrate competitors who might try to peddle a knock-off of his proprietary benzocaine. In the political ring, Metz frustrated Republicans by winning as a Democrat in the then largely Republican Tenth Congressional District of New York. As a Representative to the Sixty-third United States Congress (1913 to 1915), Metz favored neutrality toward Germany, a political position that fell out of favor with the start of World War I. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.)
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