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May 17, 1902

Chloroform and Gaslight Again.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(20):1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480200032016

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Chicago, April 30, 1902.

To the Editor:  —A few days ago a druggist handed me a bottle marked "Squibb's Chloroform" and said that it had been returned to him by a physician, with the statement that it contained so much chlorin that it could not be used for anesthetic purposes. The druggist made inquiry and found that it had been used at night in the presence of an open gaslight. The druggist wished to know whether it contained chlorin or any other injurious impurity. On making the appropriate tests it was found to conform to the pharmacopeial requirements, containing no free chlorin, no acid or other impurity. I then used some of it to anesthetize a patient for an operation lasting 40 minutes and its effects were all that could be desired of chloroform.This is written to call attention again to the irritating gas which is formed when the

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