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August 25, 1900

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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Abstract

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

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