A remarkable operation for producing spinal anesthesia, daring in its conception and brilliant in its results, was performed – injecting into the spine a solution of cocaine, so within a few minutes the sense of pain is entirely obliterated.
We seem to be rapidly becoming a nation of cocaine fiends. If the number of those addicted to the use of the dreadful drug continues to increase at the present rate, the importation of a blessed alleviator of pain will have to be classed with opium and its use prohibited by law, except for medicinal purposes.
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