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November 11, 1911

REBREATHING IN ANESTHESIA

JAMA. 1911;LVII(20):1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110111013

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Abstract

ABSTRACT OF DISCUSSION ON PAPER OF DR. GATCH

Dr. Yandell Henderson, New Haven, Conn.: It seems to me dangerous to have a man breathe for any length of time through a long tube in that way. Too much stress is laid on various fixtures; there seems to be too much ventilation. We used to think we should give the patient plenty of oxygen; this apparatus is designed to keep carbon dioxid in. We already have a tube, the trachea. A man told me this morning of a case in which the trachea and blood-vessels were cut and as soon as he sewed up the trachea the man began to breathe normally. That shows that in order to keep a man brathing vigorously he must breathe through a tube, and nature provides it. When a man breathes through his mouth he gets more ventilation than when he breathes through his nose.

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