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I know of no perfectly satisfactory anesthetic; and that surgeons in general are not quite satisfied with our means of making surgery painless is shown by the many anesthetics, both local and general, with their various methods of administration. Each method and every anesthetic has its enthusiastic advocates, but I suppose that all agree with me when I say that an ideal anesthetic has yet to come into common use.
When in general practice I often felt the need of a safe method for producing brief general complete anesthesia for certain minor surgical operations. I shall, therefore, give, for the benefit of the general practitioner, a simple description of the technic of administration of, and my experience with, the ether Rausch. It may be that the method here described and advocated is one already used in certain clinics in our country, but I have talked with many, from all or
COUGHLIN WT. THE ETHER RAUSCH: A SAFE AND CERTAIN METHOD OF PRODUCING BRIEF GENERAL COMPLETE ANESTHESIA WITH ETHER. JAMA. 1911;LVII(1):17–18. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070021006
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