Chloroform as an Anesthetic: A Protest Against the Report of the Committee on Anesthesia

Thomas J. Turpin
JAMA. 1912;LIX(2):135. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070136024.
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To the Editor:  —The conclusion of the Committee on Anesthesia that the use of chloroform is no longer justifiable in major operations (The Journal, June 15, 1912, p. 1909), is so extreme that I wonder at finding no protest. If this conclusion is to stand unchallenged, it follows that thousands of surgeons (mostly of the south) will be obliged to give up their favorite anesthetic; not always because they agree with the committee, but because they fear censure or suit for malpractice in the event of a fatality. Chloroform is used in Texas more than ten times as much as ether, and I feel sure that the same ratio exists in many other southern states. I feel sure that there are in Texas more than one hundred surgeons, whose experience would duplicate my own, viz., more than one thousand administrations of chloroform without a death.

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