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August 9, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(6):427-429. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660060031011

Regional anesthesia has been more misjudged and unfavorably criticized than any other subject placed before the medical profession in recent years. In this article, I shall endeavor to set forth my personal experiences with this method, as I have used it in the general run of surgical practice in a hospital especially organized and equipped for this purpose. My reason for relating these experiences is to give additional proof of the value of this type of anesthesia, and to aid in correcting existing erroneous impressions concerning it. In most instances, it has been judged solely on theoretical arguments, without any attempt being made to obtain first hand information or to observe this method in the hands of those trained in its use. Many surgeons still regard it as a hit and miss affair, attributing success with it to good fortune rather than to the employment of the proper technic, on

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