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February 15, 1902

Skilled Anesthetizers.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(7):471. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480070037015

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Chicago, Ill., Feb. 5, 1902.

To the Editor:  In The Journal of January 25, Dr. Holmes reports a death from chloroform. This report should not be allowed to pass without some comment and perhaps a word of criticism. Scarcely a week passes that does not bring me rumors of deaths or narrow escapes from death from anesthetics, but the reports on such occurrences are altogether too infrequent. We get reports from everything else that happens in surgery, but there seems to be a "conspiracy of silence" which will not allow occurrences in this field to be published. There is no disposition to criticise the person who gave this anesthetic; for all I know he may have been a skilful anesthetizer and every one who administers anesthetics is liable to this experience. Using some of the statements of Dr. Holmes as a text I would like to point out some of

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