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February 23, 1935

Anaesthesia and Analgesia in Labour

JAMA. 1935;104(8):676. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760080072029

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Abstract

This book describes the administration of drugs and anesthetics commonly used in England not only in hospitals by trained anesthetists but also in homes by general practitioners. The author emphasizes that thus far the ideal anesthetic has not been found. Most of the information given in the book is based on the extensive experience of the author. The material is divided into chapters describing the use of anesthetics and analgesic drugs in the first stage of normal labor, the second stage of normal labor, the third stage of labor and the resuscitation of the new-born, anesthesia for abnormal deliveries, and analgesics and anesthetics in complicated labors. Contrary to most American anesthetists and obstetricians, the author considers chloroform to be a comparatively safe anesthetic in the second stage of labor. She does not believe that ether is as satisfactory as chloroform or nitrous oxide and oxygen. Ethylene has not been used

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