Death Certificates by Unlicensed Healers

Frederic V. Beitler
1916 Journal of the American Medical Association  
which I have witnessed and administered anesthetics. If they be common occurrences in Cleveland, the Lakeside Hospital is in sore need of competent anesthetists. In Akron we find one nurse sufficient while we administer the anesthetic. In my own practice, giving several anesthesias daily, only rarely have I required more than one nurse, and equally rarely does she do more than stand beside the patient. An orderly present is even more rare. The only preliminary hypodermic is morphin Va grain,
more » ... opin M.50 and often none at all. Only twice during the present year were several assistants required to hold the patient; in each case the patient was a hysterical woman who fought as soon as she entered the anesthetic room and before any anesthetic had been given. During my practice I have witnessed only two cases of "vomiting in the halls" and one in the elevator. If it occurs frequently in Lakeside Hospital, I repeat, that institution requires competent anesthetists. My experience as described is the same as that of the other Akron anesthetists. Any anesthetic has had and will always have its good and bad features. In endeavoring to create favor for gas and the opposite for ether, Dr. Warner has gone to extremes. We shall continue to use ether satisfactorily. Finally, ether when properly given will not cause vomiting in from 70 to 80 per cent, of cases, a percentage in every way the equal of that of gas if the truth were admitted and not concealed.
doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580270054025 fatcat:4bwmwsopnzazrgeauva6xwlxgm