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May 7, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(19):520-521. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391440016005

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A discussion on the question of the selection of ether or chloroform as an anæsthetic recently took place before the New York Academy of Medicine, which may be taken as giving a fair expression of the opinion of some of the most experienced men in the country in regard to the relative advantages of these two agents. It is perhaps unfortunate that the discussion did not include other anæsthetics, such as bichloride of methyl and the A. C. E. mixture, the latter of which especially is much used at present, though not to an extent to be compared with the use of ether or chloroform.

It is noticeable that the only advocate of chloro form as the preferable anæsthetic as a rule was Dr. Sayre, who has held this view for many years, because the agent is agreeable to take, speedy in action, excites no spasmodic rigidity, and is not

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