NAAGI = AGAIN
HNWIC = WINCH
RILEDD = RIDDLE
TRWHAT = THWART
REGARDING THE INVENTION OF LATEX SURGICAL GLOVES IN 1894, WILLIAM HALSTEAD – – –
AAN INH IDD THA = HAD A HAND IN IT
Happy Wednesday, Jumble friends! Not only did Dr. Halsted invent rubber gloves, but he also created a surgical technique called the radical mastectomy, developed an aseptic regimen to keep his operating room squeaky clean, and also integrated newly discovered anaesthetics into his surgeries. And he did all this while addicted to cocaine and morphine! In his defense, those substances were legal at the time and it’s said that his addiction grew from use of cocaine as an anesthetic agent that he developed himself. With so much success during his career, his fellow colleagues often referred to his operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a small room where medical miracles took place.
All of today’s clue words were solved in no time flat and were actually a tad bit easier than one would expect for a midweek puzzle. WINCH is coming up as new but combining the C & H made it a piece of cake. I was most surprised to see that David kept the two D’s paired in RIDDLE. Usually he spreads them out if the answer contains double letters, but that wasn’t the case today. THWART would be my choice for the most difficult anagram, and it would have been a whole lot harder to decipher if the T’s weren’t in the correct spots.
Today’s panel brings us to a hospital where we encounter a Doctor and a nurse. The cartoon sentence gave us some background information including the invention, year of first use, as well as the individual credited with the discovery. Although the sentence was informative, no further research was needed by the player to arrive at the final solution. But you know me pretty well by now, and I didn’t let that stop me from diving into the mundane topic of rubber gloves to bring you a few nuggets of knowledge for your Wednesday morning!
Doctor Halsted came upon the idea of creating surgical gloves after one of his nurses contracted dermatitis from using the hospital’s antiseptic solution. The nurse, named Caroline Hampton, was the first person to use medical gloves in the operating room. Not only did she create history by pioneering their advancement in the medical field, but she also went on to marry the inventor himself. Upon retirement, the happy couple moved from Baltimore to the High Hampton mountain retreat in North Carolina where the childless couple raised dahlias and Dr. Halsted dabbled in astronomy. Halsted passed away from bronchopneumonia on September 7, 1922 and Caroline lived less than two months before passing in November of the same year. After reading about their relationship, I’m convinced that the woman we see in today’s panel is none other than Nurse Hampton herself.
The final solution was an anagram consisting 12-letters that would solve into 5 words. HAND was quite visible amongst the sea of vowels, and once crossed out, it allowed the other small words to easily come into view. It wasn’t the most difficult puzzle we’ve seen lately, but the imaginative solution, coupled with the unique history of the invention, made for a fun solve that was surprisingly educational. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I’ll see you right back here tomorrow!