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January 22, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(4):281-282. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550300001001o

By reference to Jonnesco's article,1 "Remarks on General Spinal Analgesia," it appears that he first advocated this method before the International Society of Surgery, in Brussels, September, 1908, when he reported fourteen cases "by my new method . . ." (addition of strychnin to stovain). At the German Society of Surgery, in Berlin, April, 1909, Professor Bier (Berlin) declared that the method must be rejected; and Professor Rehn (Frankfort), at the same meeting, stated that animal experiments demonstrated considerable danger in injections higher than the lumbar region.

In explanation of this hostility, Jonnesco says that, as he expected, the method would be considered ". . . too novel and too hardy to be accepted without opposition . . ." and he adjures his' critics not to be condemnatory on a priori grounds, predicting that ". . . my new method of general spinal analgesia will in a short time be universally accepted. . . ." He adds that since October, 1908, he has used this

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