The noticeable increase of articles on gas-oxygen anesthesia shows the attention this anesthetic is attracting; and we see men who have only given a few hundred anesthesias attempt to draw therefrom conclusions which should be only speculative were this number increased threefold. One also notes the attempt to increase the death-rate from this anesthetic by reporting deaths due to this method, even when it was not used and in no way responsible for the death reported. I refer to the death quoted by Gwathmey,1 as reported by Lydston.2 At the time this death was reported I requested my anesthetist, Dr. James R. Dawson, to write Dr. Lydston, and after several letters had been exchanged it proved not to be a gas-oxygen anesthesia, and Dr. Lydston kindly consented to rectify the report.
Freeman Allen,3 in his article on gas-oxygen anesthesia, cites three deaths, one in his own practice
PRINCE EM. GAS-OXYGEN ANESTHESIA: OBSERVATION IN 2,000 CASES. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(18):1342–1344. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050018007
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