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JAMA. 1974;230(8):1109-1123. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240080003001.
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Anesthesiologists point out hazards in operating room atmosphere  Anesthesiologists don't have to travel to a war zone to pull hazardous duty. They're under fire every day in their own operating rooms. After examining all the available data, an ad hoc committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists reports that women operating room personnel repeatedly exposed to trace amounts of anesthetic gases have a significantly increased risk of spontaneous abortion, congenital abnormalities in their children, cancer, liver, and kidney disease. There is also an increase in the incidence of liver disease in men exposed to the operating room environment and their children are more likely to have congenital abnormalities.Members of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Effect of Trace Anesthetics on the Health of Operating Room Personnel were sufficiently alarmed by their preliminary findings that they began to urge hospitals to reduce the concentration of waste gases in the

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