This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
The inhalation of carbonic acid modifies the processes of nutrition in a manner not yet understood: sugar has been found in the blood and liver of animals poisoned by it. More diuresis is caused by carbonated, than by ordinary water.
Alcohol, ether, and other hydro-carbons cause intoxication and produce anaesthesia somewhat similar in character.
Oxygen and stimulants of the peripheral circulation.