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April 13, 1895

A CASE OF TACHYCARDIA COMPLICATING CHLOROFORM ANESTHESIA.

Author Affiliations

CLINICAL ASSISTANT TO CHAIR OF PRACTICE KENTUCKY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE; VISITING PHYSICIAN TO THE MASONIC WIDOWS AND ORPHANS' HOME, ETC. LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(15):549-551. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430150019002e

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Abstract

The following is the report of a case of tachycardia, complicating chloroform anesthesia. The man was a patient of Dr. Mathews, and was to be operated upon for fistula. He was about 30 years of age; a strong, vigorous man, and a good subject for chloroform anesthesia. The following previous history was detailed after his regaining consciousness. He had had repeatedly, attacks of heart trouble, a greatly accelerated heart's action being the chief symptom, with once or twice loss of consciousness during the attack. He is a slave to smoking, using the strongest tobacco, uses liquor sometimes to excess and drinks strong coffee. Face was florid, but heart's action normal, pulse 84, with no organic lesion. He was very nervous when he got on the table, and asked that his heart be examined but said nothing of his previous history. The anesthesia was begun at 3:06 P.M., with chloroform, on

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