One of the outcomes of the International Medical Congress at Paris is the widespread popular interest in what the newspapers and to some extent the medical profession apparently accept as a new and epoch-making discovery in anesthesia. Professor Tuffier, of Paris, is announced as having made the discovery in March last that injections of a 2 per cent. solution of cocain into the spinal canal in the lumbar region is a safe and speedy way of producing what may be called a generalized local anesthesia, involving the lower limbs and to a greater or less extent the trunk, so that capital operations can be performed painlessly, but with full consciousness on the part of the patient. This removes from their places ether and chloroform as the indispensable anesthetics for the majority of surgical procedures, together with all their inconveniences and dangers. Not only surgery but obstetrics will be debtor to
ANALGESIA FROM COCAINIZATION OF THE SPINAL CORD. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(9):559. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1900.02460350029002
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