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To the Editor:
—Referring to the article on anesthesia by Dr. Arthur Dean Bevan in The Journal, Nov. 21, 1931, I cannot help but feel that it should be answered. I believe that the inferences concerning spinal anesthesia are unfair. Certainly, physicians who have used it extensively feel that it has its limitations just as any other anesthesia, but that they are broad. While such a means of anesthesia has existed for a long time, the actual use by a large number of men is of comparatively recent date. I do not believe that the statistics of three years ago are a fair index of its present status. Certainly one is not justified in using statistics of a few years ago to evaluate the status of ethylene today.The author emphasizes the necessity of an expert anesthetist for the administration of ethylene, but he seems to overlook the fact that
Golden BI. SPINAL ANESTHESIA. JAMA. 1932;98(1):68-69. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730270072031