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November 23, 1918

THE NATURE OF SURGICAL SHOCK AND HENDERSON'S THEORY OF ACAPNIA

Author Affiliations

Professor of Physiology, Medical School of Rio de Janeiro; Professor of Physioloogy, High School of Agriculture RIO DE JANEIRO

JAMA. 1918;71(21):1710-1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600470008003
Abstract

The problem of shock is at present the direct object of energetic research in various scientific laboratories of the United States. The purpose of this research is to determine in the briefest possible time the true nature of this peculiar condition. The urgent need for such investigation is easily understood in view of the fact that large numbers of wounded soldiers are constantly being lost through our inability to treat cases of this nature successfully.

Before the war, the question of shock had been studied in detail, and distinguished among the publications presented on this subject are those of Yandell Henderson. Some time after the appearance of Henderson's work in which the theory of acapnia was advanced, we had occasion to conduct a series of experiments in order to verify the findings of the American physiologist. A paper1 dealing with the results of these experiments was published in a

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