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August 15, 1891

DEATHS FROM CHLOROFORM AND ETHER SINCE THE HYDERABAD COMMISSION. WITH CONCLUSIONS.Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May 5-8, 1891.

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JAMA. 1891;XVII(7):237-245. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410850001001

We live in an age of wonderful progress; in nothing is this better proven than in the multiplication of new and valuable books. The works of even one year becoming almost obsolete, new editions and new works taking their place. This is also the case with original experiments and investigations, crowding out the old. Nothing is lacking in either men or money. One of the most munificent works of this kind has recently been undertaken in even far-off India; the sum of five thousand dollars having been spent by the Nizam of Hyderabad in experiments on anæsthetics alone. This large sum was given, owing to the devoted efforts of Surgeon-Major Lawrie, of the Army of India, who is a great admirer and believer in the opinions held by the late Professors Syme and Simpson, of the Edinburgh School, in regard to chloroform.

There were two Commissions, one held in 1888,