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March 7, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(10):347. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410620023007

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Another death under chloroform recently occurred at Indianapolis. A physician, without professional assistance, exhibited the anæsthetic to a patient previous to the opening of a mammary abscess. Death came quickly, and before the operation was commenced.

The Indiana Medical Journal editorially criticises the case, with the following conclusions:

1. That the administration of an anæsthetic by a physician for any purpose whatever, except in obstetrics and cases of emergency, without the presence of another physician, when such can be procured, is to be condemned.

2. In a large city like Indianapolis, where the services of an expert in anæsthesia can always be procured, the physician who does not avail himself of such services should be held to a strict accountability for any disastrous results that may occur.

3. The administration of a general anæsthetic, for the purpose of opening a mammary abscess, is wholly unjustifiable.

4. In view of the

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