VII. Painful labours rapidly terminated by the use. of chloroform; the simplicity of its application ; its use in Chorea

W.D. Emmett
1848 The Lancet  
I was called to a lady, about thirty years of age, in labour with her first child. She had been in excruciating pain all day, without any corresponding action on the uterus. On my arrival at five o'clock P.M. I found the os uteri dilated to about the size of a shilling, with a wiry edge, and muscular rigidity of the perinoeum-in fact, such as would lead one to prophesy the termination of the labour at about five o'clock on the following morning. The patient immediately requested me to
more » ... the chloroform, which I did, attentively watching its effect. In two minutes she became perfectly serene, and free from any expression of pain, the countenance calm and composed; no flush nor livid cheek, such as I have seen in other cases.
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