Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of procrsmedFormerly medchtJournal of the Royal Society of MedicineProceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine
Proc R Soc Med. 1937 May; 30(7): 891–894.
PMCID: PMC2075890

Vinyl Ether for Dental Anæsthesia

(Section of Odontology)


Properties: Vinyl ether, CH2:CH2:O:CH2:CH2, a volatile liquid. Lipoidsoluble but highly inflammable.

Toxicity.—Has little effect on liver function; overdoses produce respiratory paralysis, but not cardiac paralysis.

Indications.—Replaces ethyl chloride for short operations, and can be added to gas and oxygen instead of ether or chloroform. Is a safe and portable anæsthetic for the general practitioner.

Administration.—Open method convenient, but not very satisfactory, a closed method produces better anæsthesia. Special inhaler described and illustrated.

Vinyl ether is obtainable in ampoules of 3 c.c., a sufficient quantity for the average case.

Induction is rapid; signs of anæsthesia described. Patient's colour remains excellent.

Apparatus required when vinyl ether is to be added to gas-and-oxygen.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (849K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page.

Images in this article

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Articles from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine are provided here courtesy of Royal Society of Medicine Press