This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics: An Introduction to the National Treatment of Disease", by John Mitchell Bruce. Also available from Amazon: The pharmacology and therapeutics of the materia medica.
Source. - Made by (1) distilling Rectified Spirit with Acetate of Soda and Sulphuric Acid; and (2) separating the ethereal liquid by means of Chloride of Calcium. (1) NaC2H3O2 + H1SO4 + C2H6O = C2H5,C2H33O2 + NaHSO4 + H1O.
Characters. - A colourless liquid, with an agreeable ethereal, somewhat acetous odour, and refreshing taste. Specific gravity. 0.91. Neutral. Soluble freely in rectified spirit and ether, and in about 12 parts of water.
Dose. - 20 to 60 min.
Acetic ether is a stimulant and antispasmodic, much like ether itself, but forms more agreeable combinations with other carminatives on account of its pleasant odour and taste.