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Letter from Allen O. Whipple to Virginia Apgar

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms0504-5-2-4-3


  • Creation: 1939-4-5

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Virginia Apgar Papers (LD 7082.18 Apgar)

Existence and Location of Originals

Series 2: Correspondence; Box 5; Folder 4

Physical Description



21.5 cm x 28 cm

General Note


General Note

During Apgar's first several years as director of the Anesthesia Division, the hospital grappled with the problem of explosions caused by accidental ignition of anesthesia gases. In this letter, Whipple, director of the Department of Surgery, informed Apgar that he and several other surgical directors agreed to discontinue the use of cyclopropane and ethylene anesthesia until the risk of explosion could be eliminated. He noted that though the incidence had not been high so far, any more explosions would reflect very badly on the hospital in the public press.

Processing Information

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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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