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November 23, 1912

Lectures on General Anesthetics in Dentistry.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(21):1912-1913. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110326036

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Many new appliances for the safe administration of anesthetics have been introduced to the profession during the past year. The second edition of this most valuable work is made necessary to bring the account of these later inventions up to date. The first chapter is devoted to the subject "Has the Dental Surgeon the Right to Administer General Anesthetics?" After discussing the merits of general anesthetics the author concludes that the dentist has the right to administer them if he possesses the requisite knowledge, skill and experience. On the other hand, he has not the right to administer anesthetics unless he is familiar with their effects and can show his proficiency in this respect. The author then discusses the value of general anesthetics in dental operations. He shows the necessity of reducing pain to the minimum in the different operations, such as preparing cavities and extracting teeth. The subject of

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