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July 21, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(2):51-56. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390020019002

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Two Deaths during the Administration of Anæsthetics.  —Mr. J. H. Lee Macintire, Medical Superintendent, Bristol Royal Infirmary, writes:" H. C., male, aged 54, was admitted to the Bristol Royal Infirmary, December 30, 1881, suffering from a strangulated inguinal hernia of sixty-four hours' standing. He had vomited almost incessantly from the first, and for the last twelve hours the vomited matter had been fæcal. On admission his tongue was moist, his pulse weak but regular, and his aspect somewhat pinched. Chloroform was administered preparatory to an attempt at reduction by taxis, and everything went on well for the first minute and a half, a little over one drachm being inhaled, and this amount was divided into three parts. He then commenced to struggle a little, and his pulse was noticed to have improved, when he was seen to be about to vomit. The vomited matter measured almost a pint, and was

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