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Ether denounced as dangerous. J. Chem. Educ. , 1929, 6 (10), p 1637. DOI: 10.1021/ed006p1637.2. Publication Date: October 1929. Cite this:J. Chem. Edu...
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Ether Denounced as Dangerous. Ether has been denounced by the dean of thc University of Michigan medical school as "the most dangerous anesthetic in modern surgery." Dr. Hugh Cabot, widely known as a surgeon and author and dean of the mcdical school a t Ann Arbor since 1921, let it be known that in his opinion "if it were possible t o trace casualties to the use of ether in the operating room, it would have been found to have killed mare people than any of the other three anesthetics used: chloroform, nitrous oxide or ethylene." Dr. Cabot continued his challenge of the use of ether by stating that in the past, less than ten per cent of the deaths which could be traced t o the administration of that anesthetic were ever published. The mortality in ether deaths, except in a very few cases, does not come immediately after its administration, he said, as is seen in the cases of patients exhibiting a fatal contra-indication for chloroform. In a few days, however, complications seem t o develop, and death is said t o be due t o "cardiac failure, bronchial pneumonia, or some other pulmonary complication that satisfies the surgeon," he went on. Dr. Cabot declared that the explosions which have attended the use of ethylene gas have been due t o "careless methods manifested in its administration."-Science Service