Warren JC. Effects of chloroform and of strong chloric ether, as narcotic agents, 1849.
Catalog Record: Warren JC. Effects of chloroform and of strong chloric ether, as narcotic agents, 1849.
Title: Effects of chloroform and of strong chloric ether, as narcotic agents.
Author: Warren, John Collins, 1842-1927.
WLM Call Number: WO 277 W289c 1849 RB
Accession NO.: Copy 1, 2099 ; Copy 2, 2100 ; Copy 3, RB9420
Publisher: Boston : Ticknor, 1849.
Physical Description: 66 p. : table ; 20 cm.
Provenance: Cover of copy 1 inscribed with, “George Parkman M.D. with the respect
of J.C. Warren” ; Copy 2 with bookplate of H. E. Plumer, M.D. ; Cover
of copy 3 inscribed with, “A.L. Pierson from J.C. Warren.”
Subject: Ether, Sulphuric.
Subject: Anesthesia, Inhalation.
Abstract: Having reviewed all the fatal cases of chloroform anesthesia, Warren
concludes that death was not simply attributed to asphyxia. He suspects
that chloroform possesses “an undiscoverable toxic action” which first
affects the lungs, and is then carried to the nervous system with fatal
consequence. He argues that chloroform inhalation is habit forming, and
so dangerous to the physician as well as the patient. He cites several
cases of non-medical fatal inhalations, including the destruction of an
anonymous New York physician (alluding to Horace Wells). Due to the
potential hazards of chloroform, he proposes that it should not be used
in minor surgical cases, and encourages substitution with chloric ether
and sulfuric ether.
General Notes: Title page of copy 4 with presentation inscription and initials of
General Notes: Digitized by Northern Micrographics June 22, 2010. c.3.
General Notes: Folded table insert opposite page 22.
General Notes: Copies 1-3 in phase box.