Ever have dental work done on you without novacaine or laughing gas? Me neither. Wimps and tough-guys alike will find humor and pain-free entertainment in This Won't Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief, an informative new exhibit running at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford until Sept. 28. Head over on May 2 to hear bestselling author Julie Fenster talk about Horace Wells (pictured), a Hartford-area dentist who, in 1844, discovered that patients could sit through dental near-torture if given the proper amount of nitrous oxide (samples not available at the talk).
This Won't Hurt a Bit! A History of Pain Relief
ends Sept. 28, Julie Fenster: "Unbearable Pain: Fate and Horace Wells in the Discovery of Surgical Anesthetics," May 2, 5:30-7 p.m, $5-$10, Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, (860) 236-5621, chs.org.