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November 22, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(21):575-576. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.92390700015004

Mr. President and Gentlemen: I take the liberty of calling your attention to the new local anæsthetic, muriate of cocaine, a solution of which I here show you. The opportunity of making some remarks upon this important drug affords me much pleasure, because my former preceptor, Professor H. D. Noyes, of New York, was the first to bring it to the notice of the profession in this country. While attending the Ophthalmological Congress, in Heidelberg, in September, Professor Noyes witnessed the experiments of Dr. Koller before the meeting, and in the Medical Record of October II he relates what he observed. The news that a valuable local anæsthetic had been discovered—one which would, in many instances, obviate the necessity of administering general anæsthetics, such as chloroform, ether, etc.—naturally excited great interest, especially among ophthalmic surgeons. Indeed, medical men all over the country are using it in operations on the eye,

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