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March 10, 1917

Long Nitrous Oxid-Oxygen Anesthesia

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(10):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030130030

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Feb. 17, 1917, under this caption, Dr. J. R. McCurdy says, "As far as my search of the literature has disclosed, there is no case on record as long as the one herewith reported—four hours and forty minutes." In Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, December, 1913, p. 759, I said, "I have administered it (nitrous oxid-oxygen) in point of time from a few seconds to over five hours." The "over five hours" was five hours and five minutes, to be exact. I did not report this case in detail, as there was nothing special about the anesthesia except its length, and Gatch had previously reported a case almost as long—five hours (The Journal, Nov. 11, 1911, p. 1593).

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