Medical Qualifications

1875 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
June 5, i875.] THE BRITISR MEDICAL _OURNAL. 76i to condemn chloroform simply because he does not know how to apply it, or has not seen it used in skilful hands; or who will not use it, on the principle of the simpleton of Ilierocles, who would not touch water until he had learned to swim. Dr. Fifield has alluded to the necessity for air-bags and other special mechanical apparatus, which are all of them conceits of the inventors. The means employed cannot be too simple. What we really want is
more » ... e really want is the means of instruction in anesthesia by men in no way pledged to any discovery or special anmesthetic; and who ought to give practical superintendence and instruction to our students of medicine and surgery in hospital practice, turn and turn about, during operations. Another desideratum is, that some universal system should be adopted, which has received the approval of a committee selected from the ruling powers of the three metropolitan universities of London, Edinburgh, and Dublin, with such additions of men as are known to have a thorough practical acquaintance with the anzesthetic properties of ether, chloroform, and bichloride of methylene in particular. All new anesthetics would require to have the sanction of this body, or ought to pass muster before it, before being made public property. It is nonsense to talk of any anesthetic, ether not excepted, being free from danger; the sensorium cannot be paralysed without more or less of danger, and that, too, with a very small quantity of any anaesthetic. I for one, however, decidedly object to any man, with any pretensions to being unprejudiced, belonging to any nation under the sun, and more
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