Reply to Dr. Moss
To the Editor.
—We wish to thank Dr. Moss for pointing out an error in the synopsis-abstract of our article in the Archives. He is correct in that the death rate related to general and local anesthesia was 0.35 per 1,000 and 0.69 per 1,000, respectively, and not as we reported in the abstract.There is also a second error in the last sentence of the synopsis-abstract. This should read, "Intraoperative death rate in the first period fell from 2 per 14,167 or 0.14 per 1,000 to 0 per 17,155 in the second period."The last part of Dr. Moss's letter reads, "The results of this study are remarkable and not entirely consistent with the authors' conclusion that, 'there appears to be little difference between the results of general and local anesthesia.' "There were six deaths among the 8,703 patients undergoing surgery under local anesthesia
Smith RB. Mortality Related to Ophthalmological Surgery-Reply. Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;90(4):343. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000050345027