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Rebreathing in Anesthesia

Yandell Henderson
JAMA. 1911;LVII(25):2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120206031.
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To the Editor:  —I desire to correct the report of my remarks (The Journal, Nov. 11, 1911, p. 1611) in the discussion of the paper by Dr. Gatch on anesthesia. The notes as printed are in part exactly opposed to my real views. I am strongly in favor of Dr. Gatch's method of administering nitrous oxid, instead of being opposed to it. In my remarks on Dr. Gatch's use of the principle of rebreathing, I aimed to emphasize the importance of the practice. I pointed out that Nature herself, by the very structure of the human body, causes us to breathe, through a tube, namely, the trachea, pharynx, nose and mouth, and that thus we normally rebreathe to the extent of about 30 per cent. Rebreathing from a bag, as practiced by Dr. Gatch, or through a tube, is a simple, entirely rational and effective method of combating the hyperpnea


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