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February 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(8):586. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680340058026

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To the Editor:  —In an article on "The Coagulation Time in Ethylene Anesthesia" (The Journal, January 29), we said, "In a search of the literature we were unable to find any reports in regard to the action of ethylene anesthesia on coagulation time or bleeding time."J. S. Horsley, Jr., M.D., of Richmond, Va., has called our attention to his article "Further Observations on Ethylene-Oxygen Anesthesia—A Report of Four Hundred and Fifty Cases" (Virginia M. Monthly51:502 [Nov.] 1924) in which, among other facts recorded, he reports studies on twenty patients before, during and after ethylene anesthesia showing that the coagulation time was not prolonged in any instance either when the patient was fully saturated with ethylene or at seventy-two hours after operation.We regret not having found this and desire that Dr. Horsley be given priority for this observation, which our findings, undertaken without any knowledge of his

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