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The following case is reported as an example of the value of nitrous oxid as an aid to anesthesia with ether or chloroform:
About 5 o'clock one afternoon I was called to a suburban town to administer an anesthetic, and on arrival received the following history of the case. About 1 o'clock that afternoon, the patient, a young man, met with an accident in a factory, by which one of his legs was completely severed. The accident was such that there was almost no hemorrhage; his fellow workmen put a tight constrictor about the stump and conveyed him to the hospital. A surgeon was sent for and at 3:30 p.m. they prepared to amputate the stump. One of the physicians began the administration of chloroform, but in a moment the patient began to struggle and then ceased breathing. The anesthetic was stopped and the patient resuscitated without much trouble. The
GALLOWAY DH. ANESTHESIA. COMPLETE FAILURE TO SECURE IT WITH CHLOROFORM; PERFECT SUCCESS WITH NITROUS OXID AND ETHER. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):498. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620340034001k
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