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To the Editor:—
The editorial on page 2198 of the Dec. 28 issue of The Journal entitled "Obstetric Analgesia and Anesthesia" quotes Dinnick as stating "that trichloroethylene should not be used if the patient has had meperidine." This is not in accord with the beliefs and practices prevailing in the United States. Meperidine, administered either intravenously, intramuscularly, or hypodermically, has been used thousands of times in conjunction with trichloroethylene at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, without mishap. I doubt very much that, in the United States, anesthesiologists have the opinion that trichloroethylene should not be used if the patient has had meperidine.
Finer MJ. TRICHLOROETHYLENE AND MEPERIDINE. JAMA. 1958;166(6):671. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990060109030
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