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Correspondence by Charles T. Jackson Containing the Earliest Known Illustrations of a Morton Ether Inhaler

Haridas, Rajesh P. MBChB, FANZCA; Bause, George S. MD, MPH*†

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31829e441f
General Articles: Special Article

A letter, dated December 1, 1846, from Charles T. Jackson, MD, to Josiah D. Whitney contains a previously unreported description of a Morton ether inhaler and the only known contemporaneous hand-drawn illustrations of this type of ether inhaler. This letter and 2 other known letters on ether anesthesia were probably carried from Boston, MA, to Liverpool, United Kingdom, on the same paddle steamer (Acadia) that carried the well-known letter from Jacob Bigelow, MD, to Francis Boott, MD.

Published ahead of print September 12, 2013

From the *Schools of Medicine and of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, Park Ridge, Illinois.

Accepted for publication May 7, 2013.

Published ahead of print September 12, 2013

Funding: No funding was received by the authors for this research project.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Address correspondence to Rajesh P. Haridas, MBChB, FANZCA, 234 Thirteenth St., Mildura 3500, Victoria, Australia. Address e-mail to

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