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April 1947

PENTOTHAL SODIUM AND A COMBINATION OF PENTOTHAL SODIUM AND CURARE AS AN ANESTHETIC FOR TONSILLECTOMY

Author Affiliations

ANCON, CANAL ZONE
From the Department of Otolaryngology, the Presbyterian Hospital.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;45(4):392-397. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690010404003
Abstract

THE SERIES of tonsillectomies to be presented have been divided into two groups: one with pentothal sodium, and the other with curare and pentothal sodium, being used as the anesthetic. The cases in which pentothal sodium was used, of which there are 25, will be referred to as group 1. Accordingly, the 22 cases in which curare and pentothal sodium was the anesthetic will comprise group 2. In no way do I endeavor to persuade the surgeon that this type of anesthesia surpasses others for this phase of otolaryngologic surgical practice.

Fox and Rochberg1 and Ritter2 have reported on the use of pentothal sodium anesthesia for tonsillectomies, with minor variations. Helfman and Morris3 have used curare with ether and have reported that the results were satisfactory enough for them to adopt the technic permanently. I first got the idea of using pentothal sodium to reduce induction time under that with

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