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October 11, 1884


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JAMA. 1884;III(15):401-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390640009001a

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Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, of American Medical Association, May, 1884.

Since the introduction of chloroform by Prof. Simpson, of Edinburgh, nearly forty years ago, the use of that anæsthetic has not proceeded pari passu in obstetrical practice, with its use in surgical or even in general practice. I think I am safe in stating that the majority of the profession resort to its use only in severe or complicated labor, or in cases calling for manual or for instrumental interference.

From a study and record of more than two hundred cases of labor, mostly consecutive, in private practice, coming under my observation within the last few years, and in all of which chloroform was administered, I have derived the following conclusions:

1. The process of labor in all of its stages may be facilitated by the use of chloroform.

2. The duration of labor

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