March 19, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(12):357. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411160015002

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In the last number of his Archives of Surgery, Mr. Jonathan Hutchinson has a brief note respecting this subject. There is a want of agreement, he holds, in the minds and in the expressions of different writers as to the importance, medically speaking, of idiosyncrasy. In no other way could he understand some of the literary allusions that have lately come under his notice. For example, he has seen in a recent review of the literature of anæsthetics a statement, made with great emphasis, to the effect that no one now thinks of adducing as a means of explaining the fatal cases. " I may confess," he says, " that to my own mind it still looms out as by far the foremost of the agencies at work." Without doubt, there are other very important factors; no doubt there are different degrees of risk attaching to the different drugs used; no doubt

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