The Practitioner Volume 57

The Practitioner Volume 57

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...about the room destroying the furniture, little or no attention was paid to the matter. Trifling inconveniences such as these sank into insignificance when, at the conclusion of the operation, the fact became established that no pain had been experienced. The rapidity in operating which had been gained by those accustomed to operate upon, conscious patients rendered re-applications of the ether or chloroform unnecessary in many, perhaps in most cases. The surgical dissections of to-day were unknown. The dangers of an overloaded stomach, of the sitting posture, and of obstructed breathing were not realised, as the historical case of Hannah Greener, the first victim to chloroform, forcibly illustrates. When difficulties or dangers presented themselves during the use of anaesthetics they were conveniently, if not always accurrately, ascribed to peculiarities in the patient. Even when a fatality took place, it was not the anaesthetist but the anaesthetic which was to blame. THE WORK OF SNOW AND CLOVER. Gradually, as in other technical departments of practice, experience began to tell; and it became clear that there were such elements as skill and success in chloroform-giving. Anaesthesia had up to this time run wild; but in the hands of Snow, and later on in those of Clover, she was broken in, so to speak, and brought into useful subjection. VVe are indebted to Snow for the most valuable research upon chloroform which has ever been written, and for laying down the principles which should be followed in using this anaesthetic. To Clover our thanks will ever be due for having placed not only the administration of nitrous oxide but that of ether upon a permanent and scientific basis. And we are indebted to Bert for the discovery of the...
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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 458g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844750
  • 9781236844750