March 12,1933,1 marked the tenth anniversary of the introduction of ethylene in the anesthetic field, and it seems a fitting time to discuss its merits, demerits, and general application in surgery.
In order to determine the present status of this agent, a questionnaire was sent to the leading anesthetists of the United States, Canada and foreign countries. The questionnaires were sent to anesthetists rather than to surgeons because it was thought that the attitude of the surgeon would be reflected in the answers of the anesthetists, as well as their own opinion. This supposition proved to be correct. An opinion based on this survey seems justifiable. One thousand questionnaires were sent out. A few were returned because of deaths or improper addresses. Five hundred and thirty-four replies were received. Two hundred and twenty were using ethylene and 314 were not using it. Ethylene was administered alone 737,815 times and
HERB IC. THE PRESENT STATUS OF ETHYLENE. JAMA. 1933;101(22):1716–1720. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740470030007