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August 11, 1888

MEDICAL PROGRESS.

JAMA. 1888;XI(6):197-200. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400580017003

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Abstract

METHYLENE AS AN Anæsthetic.  Dr. Wm. H. Day says that it is a mystery to him that an anæsthetic so safe and effectual as methylene should not have been more generally employed by the profession. A few deaths have been imputed to it, it is true, and occasional deaths will occur from any anæsthetic, however carefully administered, but notwithstanding, I think, methylene occupies in point of safety a first-class position. Some years ago the late Mr. Peter Squire asked me whether I considered methylene possessed any advantages over chloroform, and I replied in the following words, which will be found in his Companion to the British Pharmacopœia: "It is less likely to cause vomiting, it is more agreeable to inhale, and there is less excitement preparatory to the state of anæsthesia; rarely more than 3 or 4 drachms are required for an operation lasting half an hour, and consciousness

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