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September 4, 1909

THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER AS AN ANESTHETIST

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(10):768-769. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550100001001d
Abstract

My subject is of great importance to every practitioner of medicine, as there is none of us who does not have occasion at some time either to give an anesthetic or have one given. Any untoward result from the anesthetic affects the reputation of the operator; it matters not whether he is an isolated practitioner or a busy operator in one of our large clinics; for even if one expert in the administration of an anesthetic be in charge of the case the patient still looks to his surgeon for his safety and expects him to guard it.

You will agree with me that posing as a critic is not a pleasant position to assume, neither is it apt to be a popular one. Yet "fools rush in where angels fear to tread," and I shall venture to present my opinions in this very important field of

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