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February 6, 1897

"Chloroform and Ether."

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(6):279-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440060039011

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Freeport, Ill., Jan. 17, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of January 2 Dr. Galloway publishes a communication with the above title, in which he criticises an article of mine that I read last September before the Mississippi Valley Medical Society and which was published in this Journal a few weeks ago.When I sent out my questions contained in that paper unfortunately many prominent surgeons of the eastern cities were away on their vacations and their answers came too late to be embodied in that article. Later, however, I received many replies, some of them quite lengthy, including replies from such men as McBurney and Bangs of New York, and these men without an exception prefer ether to chloroform as a general anesthetic, because they consider the former immensely safer than the latter.Nearly all of them give chloroform in exceptional cases, which they distinctly specify.The words

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