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February 8, 1913

DEATH FROM SPINAL ANESTHESIA

Author Affiliations

PORTLAND, ORE.

JAMA. 1913;60(6):442. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340060034016
Abstract

In reporting this case I am prompted by a desire to place on record the dangerous side of this valuable method of anesthesia. It serves to illustrate the truth of the statement that there is no safe anesthetic.

On the morning of the day when the fatality occurred I had for operation two cases of fracture which required Lane plates. The first patient was a man about 40 years of age, with an oblique fracture of the tibia which would not remain in place with an ordinary splint. Morphin, 1/6 grain, and scopolamin, 1/100 grain, were administered half an hour before the operation. Stovain was injected, and satisfactory anesthesia to the middle of the abdomen quickly followed. The Lane plate was applied, the wound dressed and splinted, and the patient returned to his bed in comfort. This operation was witnessed by the physician who had brought the second patient.

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