A Manual of etherization (Google eBook)

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J.B. Mansfield, 1861 - Ether - 134 pages
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Page 11 - In cutting one of the unlucky teeth called denies sapientiae, I experienced an extensive inflammation of the gum, accompanied with great pain, which equally destroyed the power of repose, and of consistent action. On the day when the inflammation was most troublesome, I breathed three large doses of nitrous oxide. The pain always diminished after the first four or five inspirations ; the thrilling came on as usual, and uneasiness was for a few minutes swallowed up in pleasure. As the former state...
Page 74 - This plain proof of his utter unconsciousness of the operation having been performed, was acknowledged by the spectators in a hearty round of applause. The patient then sat up, and seeing the wound, burst into an immoderate fit of laughter, saying, ' No doubt there's blood, or something very like it; but I haven't felt a single thing done to my leg. That bates the globe;' and on being asked decidedly as to his having ' felt anything,' he repeatedly answered,
Page 18 - Boston, and in my last lecture, which I think was in the month of February, I had occasion to show a number of experiments in illustration of the theory of volcanic eruptions, and for these experiments I prepared a large quantity of chlorine gas, collecting it in gallon glass jars over boiling water. Just as one of these large jars was filled with pure chlorine, it overturned and broke, and in my endeavors to save the vessel, I accidentally got my lungs full of chlorine gas, which nearly suffocated...
Page 20 - Reflecting on these phenomena, the idea flashed into my mind that I had made the discovery I had for so long a time been in quest of — a means of rendering the nerves of sensation temporarily insensible, so as to admit of the performance of a surgical operation on an individual without his suffering pain therefrom.
Page 73 - navvy"—who had sustained compound fracture of the leg nine weeks before. The fracture had not united, in consequence of the presence of a dead piece of bone, and it became necessary to remove this by a painful operation. The patient was seated on a table, and the inhalation was...
Page 74 - And then, with the manner of a tipsy man, and very happy, he kept surgeons and students in a roar of laughter for some minutes with a narrative of his condition during the inhalation, which, Irish-like, seemed to have been a strange medley of imaginary fights and ' killings' going on around him, but wholly irrespective of his own leg and the operation. On being carried out, he declared triumphantly, ' This is the very best thing that has ever happened in the three kingdoms.
Page 47 - Knife and pain, in surgery, are two words which never present themselves the one without the other in the minds of patients, and it is necessary for us surgeons to admit their association.
Page 74 - He got into amazing spirits, and refused to leave the table until he had told ' all about the toldrums of the business.' And then, with the manner of a tipsy man, and very happy, he kept surgeons and students in a roar of laughter for some minutes with a narrative of his condition during the inhalation, which, Irish-like, seemed to have been a strange medley of imaginary fights and ' killings' going on around him, but wholly irrespective of his own leg and the operation.
Page 75 - This is the very best thing that has ever happened in the three kingdoms." The professor stated that he considered this case quite conclusive as to the powers of the ether, because there was no more painful operation in all surgery, and because the patient, having been avowedly a hard and habitual drinker of spirits, was one of those persons who are least susceptible of the ether's influence. The whole proceedings seemed to give the greatest satisfaction to the medical and surgical officers of the...
Page 73 - At length, however, while in this wakeful state, the operation was begun. Incisions were made on the shin, and flaps were dissected off so as to expose the bone beneath. A portion of this was sawn and clipped through, and then the dead bone was removed.

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