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September 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(11):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450110055008

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There is something essentially wrong in the methods of administering anesthetics when the laity begin to revolt against existing methods and prepare to dictate to the anesthetist how he shall administer an anesthetic. During the past few months the Nineteenth Century has contained articles condemning certain existing methods of administering chloroform in England, and that of June concludes as follows: "Let each one of us refuse resolutely to take chloroform or allow any member of our family to take it without first obtaining a guarantee from the anesthetist that he will administer it in an open cloth held at a given distance from the nose and that the time taken to put us under shall not be less than eight minutes." There is a further proposition that the violation of any one of these rules be an act punishable by law.

The mind of every medical man must needs revolt

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