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The D.D.S.'s of the Baltimore College of Dentistry

1847 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
etherization would be applied. I therefore gladly accepted an invitation to witness the operation. We repaired to the operating room ; the patient was brought in, and during the preliminary examination, and the application of the tourniquet to prevent loss of blood, showed, by indubitable symptoms, the extreme sensibility of the parts, and the tortures be must endure unless protected against them by some extraordinary sedative. When all was ready, a quantity of ether was poured upon a sponge,
more » ... ed upon a sponge, applied to the nostrils, and its vapor inhaled. While Professor Hayward attended to the inhalation, Dr. H. J. Bigelow stood ready with his instruments to take advantage of the moment when the patient should become insensible to pain, to commence his operation. A very few minutes sufficed for this purpose, as was seen by the impunity with which the mangled limb could then be handled, and the ghastly wound probed and examined. The "circular cut" was made midway between the ankle and the knee-the usual flaying up of the integuments for one or two inches all round, was completed, the muscle again cut through, the saw applied, and the limb detached in the space of three and a half minutes. No
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