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January 16, 1897

Ether and Chloroform.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(3):133-134. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440030037008

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Boston, Mass., Jan. 6, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Considerable has been written on the comparative use and danger of ether and chloroform. Only a few weeks ago I saw an article in which was the statement that a number of deaths by chloroform had occurred in women in confinement. Not many months ago I also saw it stated that no such case is on record. Now, which of these writers is correct? Has chloroform killed any woman under such circumstances? I, for one, have no remembrance of seeing such an instance reported. If both ether and chloroform cause death in such cases we must then select accordingly. There are several points, however, we may properly consider as between the two.1. Help: An etherized patient, unless thoroughly under its influence, must be regarded as drunk or crazy, requiring considerable assistance to control and take care of her. It is not

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