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January 10, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(2):58-59. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410540022005

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The report of the Hyderabad Commission on this subject is doubtless fresh in the minds of our readers. It will be remembered that the unani mous conclusion of the members of that body, after very elaborate investigation, was, that in death from chloroform respiration always ceased before any dangerous failure of the heart took place, and that its effects were precisely similar to those of ether, except that the dose of ether needed to be much larger. Naturally, a view of the subject so opposed to the opinions of a large proportion of the profession could not be expected to meet with immediate acceptance, and, as a matter of fact, it was quickly controverted in various quarters. An important contribution to the subject has just been made by Dr. J. A. McWilliams, in a report to the Scientific Grants Committee of the British Medical Association, published in the British Medical Journal, which

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