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January 22, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(4):293-294. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550300045006

The publicity given to the visit of Professor Jonnesco to this country, and the extravagant way in which the newspapers have commented on his method of anesthesia, have awakened the desire in the minds of many physicians to know the exact status of spinal anesthesia.

Since Corning in 1885 demonstrated the possibility of producing surgical analgesia by intraspinal injection, in addition to cocain other drugs have from time to time been used for this purpose, among them novocain, eucain, tropococain, alypin and stovain. Each has had its enthusiastic advocates, though on account of the many annoying immediate effects, and frequent fatalities, as well as unfavorable sequelæ in the non-fatal cases, the method has at no time had a large number of permanent adherents. As previously stated in The Journal,1 stovain is not a new anesthetic, but has been in use both as a local and general spinal analgesic since

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