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July 23, 1932


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Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1932;99(4):325. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740560051026

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To the Editor:  —In the Madrid letters (The Journal, June 25, p. 2303) Dr. Robert Monod of Paris is reported to have said, at the International Congress of Surgery held in Madrid, that "Lundy believes that the mortality rate from tribrom-ethanol anesthesia is 3 per thousand." This statement is incorrect. In my article "The General Anesthetic Tribromethyl Alcohol: Review of the Literature on Its Rectal and Intravenous Use," I stated that "the risk of death that is intrinsic in the anesthetic is probably about 3: 10,000."I do not know whether Dr. Monod or the correspondent is responsible for this misstatement. In the transactions of the Congress as published in the Presse médicale there is no mention of the mortality due to tribrom-ethyl alcohol ("Avertin").

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