EVEN BEFORE the days of general or local anesthesia it was the custom to give some sort of a sedative to a patient who was about to undergo operation. Although the agents employed at present are highly satisfactory, it is still not easy to predict the best dosage of an analgesic and hypnotic to be used in conjunction with local anesthesia. This is especially true in the case of the elderly, for whom an overdose must be avoided. Just as one cannot reason with a child, so it is sometimes difficult to do so when a person in his second childhood, and fairly heavy sedation must sometimes be used in order that the operation may proceed. Moreover, when the patient is already on the operating table, it may be too late to obtain adequate sedation.
The purpose of this paper is to present a method of sedation which is more
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