The most prompt and powerful, but also least safe, of the articles used by surgeons as anaesthetics; that is, for patients to breathe before and during operations, in order to prevent them from suffering pain. It may be taken into the stomach in larger quantity than by the lungs, with-, out danger. In flatulent colic, it is often very relieving; but no more so than cam-phor and cuajuput, as well as opium. Dose, by the mouth, ten to forty or fifty drops ; in a large draught of water, as it is very pungent. A teaspoonful holds more than 200 drops of chloroform.
I have given it to a number of patients in teaspoonful doses, without any bad effect; only sleepiness, like that produced by opiates. A chloroform liniment may be safely used as an outward application for rheumatic or neuralgic pains.