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March 5, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(10):304-305. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411140026007

Notwithstanding the labors of the Hyderabad Commission, and of other scientific investigators, and the extensive clinical use of anæsthetics, it is certain that the relative merits of the two principal agents used to produce anæsthesia, are far from settled. While ether is so largely used in America, a word from one who has used chloroform extensively, and almost exclusively, during a period of forty years, can hardly fail to be of interest.

Dr. Lombe Atthill1 commenced the use of chloroform in 1851, when assistant to the Master of the famous Rotunda Hospital of Dublin. During his assistantship, and afterward when Master, he used this anæsthetic in all cases of difficult or complex labor, and in many other cases, merely to relieve suffering. He estimates that he has thus used chloroform in midwifery cases, at least 3,000 times, and without a single untoward result. He has also used it