The fact that ethylene was introduced as an anesthetic agent only some fifteen months ago, and received prompt and favorable consideration by the medical profession soon after, would seem to indicate that its advantages over the available general anesthetics are real. Not only have favorable reports with illustrative case histories been published in this country, but in the French medical literature a similar satisfaction is expressed with its properties as an anesthetic agent. It has been introduced recently and accepted enthusiastically in the surgical clinics of the Peking Union Medical College, Peking, China.
The favorable consideration that it has received was due in part to the laboratory work (on animals and man) that preceded and suggested its practical use. Had it not been, however, for the progressive scientific attitude of Drs. Dean Lewis and Arthur Dean Bevan and their anesthetists, Drs. Isabella Herb and Mary Lyons, who, following a demonstration,
LUCKHARDT AB. ETHYLENE. JAMA. 1924;83(26):2060–2061. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660260004002