At the session of this Section in Atlantic City, in 1906, the then Chairman, Dr. Bevan, made some interesting remarks on the value of nitrous oxid as a general anesthetic, and ventured to predict its more common adoption for major surgical procedures. So much interest was aroused by his statements, that this section resolved to appoint a commission to investigate broadly the subject of the numerous anesthetics, old and new, in order that, after proper deliberation, we might set forth an authoritative estimate of their proper value for the profession. In accordance with that resolution a commission was appointed, which has been engaged for some months on the prescribed problem.
Our task is far from simple. The ground to be covered is wide. The opinions of leading surgeons are often opposed and the anesthetics struggling for recognition are held in varying esteem by responsible persons of divergent views. In consideration