A Treatise on Etherization in Childbirth: Illustrated by Five Hundred and Eighty-one Cases

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W.D. Ticknor, 1848 - 400 pages
 

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Page 12 - ... justified' in withholding, and not using any such safe means (as we at present presuppose this to be), provided he had the power by it of assuaging the...
Page 70 - Pain during operations is, in the majority of cases, even desirable ; its prevention or annihilation is, for the most part, hazardous to the patient.
Page 114 - ... altogether. I was encouraged to cherish this hope, by having known delivery to take place, in one instance, during a paroxysm of epilepsy, and having heard of another, during a fit of drunkenness, in a woman attended by Dr. Church, in both of which there was neither consciousness, nor recollection of pain.
Page 115 - Cursed is the ground for thy sake. . . . Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee.
Page 6 - But should I exhibit the remedy for pain to a thousand patients in labor, merely to prevent the physiological pain, and for no other motive, and if I should in consequence destroy only one of them, I should feel disposed to clothe me in sackcloth, and cast ashes on my head for the remainder of my days.
Page 114 - Repository,' vol. vi.), that a medicine would be discovered that should suspend sensibility altogether, and leave irritability, or the powers of motion, unimpaired, and thereby destroy labor-pains altogether. I was encouraged to cherish this hope, by having known delivery to take place, in one instance, during a paroxysm of epilepsy, and having heard of another, during a fit of drunkenness, in a woman attended by Dr.
Page 11 - ... of the first pains, after the apparatus was adjusted and its employment commenced, but this effect speedily passed off ; and as yet I have seen no instance in which the pains were sensibly diminished in intensity or frequency after the ether had fairly begun to act. Indeed, in some cases they have appeared to me to have become increased as the consciousness of the patient became diminished. This has more particularly occurred with one or two patients, who breathed ether, combined with tincture...
Page 6 - I exhibit the remedy for pain to a thousand patients in labour, merely to prevent the physiological pain, and for no other motive — and if I should in consequence destroy only one of them, I should feel disposed to clothe me in sack-cloth, and cast ashes on my head for the remainder of my days. What sufficient motive have I to risk the life or the death of one in a thousand, in a questionable attempt to abrogate one of the general conditions of man '? L.
Page 341 - Dear Sir: — On the 7th instant I administered the vapor of ether in a case of natural labor. The patient was in good health, and in labor with her third child. Five and a half hours having elapsed from the commencement of labor, her pains, which had been light but regular, becoming more severe, the vapor of ether was inhaled by the nose and exhaled by the mouth. The patient had no difficulty in taking the vapor in this manner from the reservoir without any valvular apparatus. In the course of twenty...
Page 6 - It is no part of the purpose of the following treatise to teach, or to leave it to be inferred, that untoward results have not followed, or will not again follow, etherization. But I can and do say, that I have not met with an untoward result in any case of midwifery in which etherization has been induced, which, by any violence or ingenuity of explication, can be ascribed to this state as its cause. I have met with no record of such.

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