Excerpt from The American Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol. 30: January, 1923
The very blessings of anesthesia were not unmixed ones: Ether and chloroform proved very often, too often for comfort, dangerous, nay, even treacherous drugs. Much has been done to transform these two drugs into sleep producers (narcotics); that is to say, to pro duce with them surgical narcosis rather than anesthesia. Yet, in spite of the very utmost skill, one still confronts situations, especially in the desperately sick, in which one feels that the anesthetic per se, will reduce the already narrow margin of safety.
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