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March 5, 1898


Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of the Throat and Nose, Philadelphia Polyclinic; Surgeon-in-charge of the Throat, Nose and Ear Department, Episcopal Hospital. PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(10):543-547. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440620031001l

In March, 18891, a very interesting discussion on the proper form of anesthesia to employ in nose and throat operations, took place in London. The discussion developed the widest differences of opinion among the eminent gentlemen participating in the debate.

It seems odd that notwithstanding our experience in these operations has so markedly increased since this memorable debate, there should still exist great differences of opinion.

This is to be deplored. While it is of very little moment as to the particular form of anesthesia an individual specialist uses in his practice, it is of vital importance as to the teaching of the great mass of our profession by whom these operations are being performed in increasing numbers year by year. If some order could be brought out of this chaos of opinion; a few plain and safe lines to guide the busy practitioner a good work would be performed.

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