Excerpt from Southern Medical and Surgical Journal, 1855, Vol. 11
It is for the relief of the more violent and exhausting pains of the second stage, that Chloroform is more particularly appropriate and requisite. The benefit derived is not simply from its diminish ing the patients suffering, but inasmuch as pain itself exhausts the energies of the nervous system; in the same proportion as this remedy lessens pain, it also saves strength. Chloroform, unless when carried very far, does not diminish the force of the contrae tions of the uterus or abdominal muscles - it is altogether by obtunding sensibility, that it thus saves strength and prevents or lessens the nervous shock attendant on labor; hence it is, that those who take Chloroform, generally have a much more rapid and favorable convalescence, than those who are allowed to pass without relief or mitigation through a violent and protracted la bor. It is true, some very eminent obstetricians have bbjected to the use of this great remedy, but we think that a careful analysis of their Objections, will satisfy us of the fallacy of their reasoning. Professor Meigs, objects to Chloroform in Midwifery lst. Because he regards the pain in parturition as physiological, and thinks it ought not to.be suppressed; and 2d. Because in the employment of instruments, he considers it necessary to know how much the patient suffers, to avoid doing harm.
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