April 30, 1904

Use of Ether at Battle of Wilderness.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(18):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490630039018

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Marshall, Tex., April 25, 1904.

To the Editor:  —It would appear to one of your southern subscribers and a son of one of those "rebels" "who did not generally fire on those wearing the ambulance badges," that the article in The Journal, April 23, entitled "The First Use of Ether as an Anesthetic at the Battle of the Wilderness in the Civil War" is more of a laudatory article on the exceptional valor of the pension drawers than one of interest to medical men. What is said of ether would not occupy ten lines in the article, which is made up of heroic federal and vanquished rebel.Believing The Journal to be non-partisan as much for the conquered rebel as for the victorious federal, I was surprised and grieved to find any such article in its pages.

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