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August 25, 1900

Not a Case of Death from Nitrous Oxid.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(8):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460340047015

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New York City, Aug. 18, 1900.

To the Editor:  —This was not a case of death under nitrous oxid. A personal friend of mine had taken the gas on three previous occasions, and there was no apparent indication that he should not take it again. The gas was given and the right upper second and third molars were extracted. His recovery was complete in the usual time, and he rinsed his mouth with a tumbler of water while sitting in the chair. I had gone to my desk in another part of the room, and he arose from the chair and walked to the washstand, ten feet away. He filled the glass and returned to the cuspidor beside the chair and continued rinsing the mouth while standing. He conversed with me in the meantime. This, he repeated until he had used three glasses of water, occupying at least twenty-five minutes,

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