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Spinal anesthesia is a form of regional anesthesia, applicable to a relatively large portion of the body. Although it was discovered by Bier, a German, the method was first popularized by Tuffier and Reclus, two Frenchmen. In 1898, Bier had the temerity to have 2 c.c. of a 1 per cent cocaine solution (20 mg.) injected into his own spinal canal to observe its effects. Following this successful experiment, Bier administered a similar dose to his assistant, Schmeiden. In 1899, he reported six operations under low spinal anesthesia. Tait and Coglieri of San Francisco, apparently were the first surgeons in
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Spinal Anesthesia.. Ann Intern Med. 1939;12:1722. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-10-1722_1
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