The hydrobromic ether or bromide of ethyl was discovered by Serullas in 1827, but received no special attention until Dr. Thomas Nunnelly, of Leeds, made some experiments with it on animals in 1849. Dr. Nunnelly brought the subject again before the profession, by a paper read at the meeting of the British Medical Association in 1865, in which, in conjuction junction with another anæsthetic, he says he had employed the one or the other in all the principal operation at the Leed's General Eye and Ear Infirmary. This was at the time when chloroform held such complete sway in England, that no importance was attached to Nunnelly's experience or experiments, and he had no one to follow him in using it, and we hear no more of it until 1876, when some experiments were made with it in France, by Rabuteau, on the lower animals, but evidently without a knowledge
TURNBULL L. HYDROBROMIC ETHER OR BROMIDE OF ETHYL AS AN ANAESTHETIC. JAMA. 1885;V(21):561–566. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391200001001
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