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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
Flagg PJ. "THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE ANESTHESIA PROBLEM". JAMA. 1932;98(4):339. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730300069031
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