The History of Anesthesiology Reprint Series: Part 4 - Signs and Stages of Anesthesia.
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Part Four published in 1974.
Signs and Stages of Anesthesia
To render one insensible to surgical pain was a long sought blessing, but it soon became evident that the agents producing this could also - when not adminstered properly - produce death. Patient safety was greatly enhanced by these early efforts noting the signs and stages of ether anesthesia.
Francis Plomley, Operations upon the Eye, January, 1847.
John Snow, On the Inhalation of the Vapour of Ether in Surgical Operation, September, 1847.
Arthur E. Guedel, The Third Stage Ether Anesthesia, April, 1920.
Albert H. Miller, Ascending Respiratory Paralysis under General Anesthesia, January, 1925.