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November 9, 1901

Ether to Make Criminals Talk.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1262. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450042017

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Weehawken, N. J., Oct. 30, 1901.

To the Editor:  —Allow me to propose a new use of ether. In the case of condemned criminals, who refuse to talk and thus implicate their confederates, put them under the influence of ether in much the same way that patients are prepared for surgical operations. Ether, given in a certain way and quantity, will cause otherwise silent people to talk. While thus intoxicated with ether it is not unlikely that the criminal will give some clew as to his confederates. The ether should be carried only to the stage of stimulation, not of profound anesthesia.At a time during the stage of stimulation the will power is in abeyance and the door of the mind is unlocked. When this period is reached the tongue is free to tell the most secret things. This stage may be prolonged for ten or twenty minutes, or

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