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August 18, 1883

A Safe Anæsthetic.

JAMA. 1883;I(6):184. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390060024005

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—We find the following paragraph in the newspapers. It is very doubtful, however, whether any agent that is capable of producing complete anæsthesia can be considered safe in all persons who may be in apparent health:

"Dr. W. K. Mayo, a Boston dentist, is said to have discovered a new anæsthetic devoid of the serious defects of those in common use. Its inbreathing is agreeable and safe. It produces absolute insensibility to pain, long enough to permit the most delicate operations, preserves the pulse at its normal condition (a little higher than usual, perhaps), and admits of immediate recovery from its influence without any sense of nausea or dizziness."

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