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December 15, 1883

NEW ANÆSTHETIC MIXTURE DEVISED BY WM. A. BYRD, M.D., OF QUINCY, ILL.-ITS COMPOSITION AND EFFECTS.

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QUINCY, ILL.

JAMA. 1883;I(23):675-676. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390230015001b

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Abstract

This is a compound anæsthetic, recently prepared by Dr. Wm. A. Byrd, Quincy, Ill., and so far as I know, he is the only surgeon who is, at present, using it. It is composed, by measure, of bromide of ethyl, one part; chloroform, three parts; alcohol, four parts. These substances, mixed, form a clear solution, of a pleasant odor, and of a warm, sweetish taste. HISTORY OF THIS ANÆSTHETIC. Dr. Byrd, not being satisfied with the anæsthetics in general use, having seen two deaths from chloroform, form, one occurring in his own practice, and disliking the stimulating or exciting properties of ether, began experimenting to see if he could not discover or prepare pare an agent which would better suit him for anæsthetic purposes. Knowing the physiological actions of chloroform, that the greatest danger from its use lay in the extreme anæmia of the brain and nervous system; that in

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