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June 18, 1932

Anesthetics: Their Relative Values and Dangers.

JAMA. 1932;98(25):2234. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730510060030

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The trustees of the Fiske Fund awarded a "premium" of to the author for this essay, which cannot be recommended to any one because of its lack of factual material, which certainly ought to be presented if the reader is to be convinced of the relative dangers (and values) of the various anesthetics discussed. It would even appear that the author lacks personal or even reading knowledge concerning the subject matter of his monograph. Deaths from ether are given as 1 in 7,706 and again as 1 in 4,884; deaths under nitrous oxide and oxygen as 1 in 12,195; deaths under ethylene and oxygen as 1 in 332,721. And still the author writes on page 17 about ether: "Any other anesthetic agent, used in the careless manner which has characterized the administration of ether, would have resulted in so many fatalities that its use would long since have been abolished."

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