CRNA Profiles: Edith Graham

Edith Graham was the first anesthetist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. In fact, she was the first trained nurse in the community, having received her nursing instruction at Women’s Hospital in Chicago. Graham provided safe anesthesia for Dr. Charles M. Mayo and Dr. William J. Mayo’s patients from 1889 to 1893, her career ceasing upon her marriage to Charles Mayo. She was the hospital’s only anesthetist during those years. 


 Sources for Additional Information on Graham


​Pougiales J. The first anesthetizers at the Mayo Clinic. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1970;38(3):235-241.
Thatcher VS. History of Anesthesia with Emphasis on the Nurse Specialist. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott; 1953.


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