Medicine: The Eye in the Ear

Anesthetics are riskier than most people realize. One of the dangers is from cerebral anoxia—damage to the brain because of lack of oxygen in the blood, which may kill, paralyze or even turn the patient into a mental defective. Thus far, surgeons have had to rely on such none-too-certain tactics as watching the patient's color, respiration and pulse, or using slow chemical tests.

About ten years ago, Drs. Roy D. McClure and Frank W. Hartman of Detroit's Ford Hospital began experimenting with a photoelectric cell technique first developed in Germany. Later they were joined by Physiologist Vivian Gould Behrmann. Together the experimenters...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!