Medicine: New Anesthetic

If certain despatches may be believed, Dr. Fredet of l'Hopital de la Pitie (Paris) has evolved a new anesthetic. He calls it "sommifere." In doses of 10-15 cubic centimetres, it is injected into the veins after previous injections of morphine or scopolamine, produces anesthesia complete enough for the longest and most serious operation. "This sopo- rific has all the effectiveness of chloroform without its disadvan- tages." No sickness follows it. No ill effects on liver and kidneys. The patient remains plunged in torpor from 24 to 36 hours afterwards, but can be roused for a...

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