Robert B. Hope
JAMA. 1943;121(10):753. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.62840100002010a.
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Intravenous anesthesia has reached an established place in the armamentarium of the civilian anesthetist. It is now coming to the foreground more and more in the practice of military medicine. It is adaptable in selected cases to surgery both in the field and in the hospital. The anesthetic of choice is pentothal sodium. When judiciously used by a trained anesthetist, anesthetic complications are very few. Pentothal sodium is best given in a 2.5 per cent solution. Dilution to this strength necessitates using a large syringe. It is important that during the administration of pentothal sodium a free airway be maintained at all times, which is accomplished by continuously holding up the patient's jaw. To do this, hold a needle attached to a large syringe in place. It is impossible for the anesthetist to administer the anesthetic as well as oxygen if necessary, unless he has an assistant. This has been


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