(Read before the Chicago Medical Society, Nov. 11, 1884.)
The introduction of muriate of cocaine will no doubt create an era in ophthalmic surgery, the glowing tributes it has already received in Europe and in the East render irrefutable its qualities as a most efficient and innocuous local anæsthetic. Both Knapp and Gruening, of New York, have already tested its action on the nasal mucous membrane, and the results attained thereby fully equal those in anæsthetizing the eye. Due to the extreme scarcity of the drug in Chicago, it is only at a late hour that I have been able to obtain a small quantity and to apply it in practice. Although my actual experience, so far, has been limited to the case subjoined, the striking results attained are sufficient to fulfill my most sanguine expectations and to regard it as a most valuable adjunct in nasal surgery.
BETTMAN J. A CASE ILLUSTRATING THE APPLICABILITY OF MURIATE OF COCAINE IN NASAL SURGERY. JAMA. 1884;III(22):598–599. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390710010001c
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