[Skip to Content]
Sign In
Individual Sign In
Create an Account
Institutional Sign In
OpenAthens Shibboleth
Purchase Options:
[Skip to Content Landing]
January 23, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(4):339. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730300069031

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


To the Editor:  —Dr. Bevan in his article on the present status of the anesthesia problem (The Journal, Nov. 21, 1931) apparently condemns without reservation intratracheal ether anesthesia, stating that "the method is dangerous, it is complicated, and it possesses advantages in a very few cases." Unfortunately, Dr. Bevan has not differentiated between the Meltzer and Auer insufflation technic, which was popular twenty years ago, and the simplified inhalation method now available, and in use during the last four years (Arch. Otolaryng. 5:394 [May] 1927; 7:156 [Feb.] 1928). This omission was so obvious that it did not seem necessary to request space for its refutation. Since that time, however, comments emanating from Dr. Bevan's article suggest the desirability of submitting the following letter from one of my professional colleagues. This communication, which was unsolicited, reflects the general attitude observed by me toward intratracheal anesthesia in its generic sense