April 7, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(14):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400400021004

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In a paper entitled "A very Valuable Lesson for those who use Anæsthetics," read before the Baltimore Academy of Medicine on December 6, 1887, Dr. Julian J. Chisolm makes a strong argument in favor of treating suspended animation from anæsthesia by suspending the patient with the head downward, and relates several cases that recovered in his own practice under this treatment. In one case particularly, that of a child 3 years of age, upon whom Dr. Chisolm was operating for cancer of the left eye, the value of the practice was fully shown; three or four times anæsthesia had to be stopped while the child was held head downwards to reanimate it; and the operation was finally finished with the child suspended in this position so that it might be brought fully under the influence of chloroform without danger. In all, the child was suspended in the inverted position for

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