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The Choice and Technic of the Anesthetic

A. S. McCormick, M.D.
JAMA. 1915;LXV(22):1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580220074032.
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To the Editor:  —The results of the anesthetic experiments of A. D. Bevan, as described in his excellent paper (The Journal, Oct. 23, 1915, p. 1418), are very interesting and should be of benefit to any one interested in this important branch. With one item, however, I take exception, that is, the statement that: "warm ether possesses no advantage over cold." The work and experiments of anesthetists prove otherwise.To a patient suffering from shock do we apply cold externally or internally? Nay, rather we apply heat. Why is chloroform safer in warm climates than in cold? Because it is warmer. Any fluid in a can or bottle is warmer in summer than in winter. No matter how well heated be a room, the air in it cannot prevent the formation of frost on the window. It cannot keep the window warm. The air in a comfortably heated room is


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