- •The Jackson-Morton patent included the possibility of adding opium to sulphuric ether for inhalation.
- •Using sulphuric ether to volatilize opiates was the misguided idea of Elton Romeo Smilie, a competitor in the discovery of ether for surgical anesthesia.
- •The Jackson-Morton patent of 1846 affirmed the previously known anesthetic properties of ether and made three claims of novelty.
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- Elton Romeo Smilie, the not-quite discoverer of ether anesthesia.Anesth Analg. 2010; 110: 195-197
- Insensibility produced by the inhalation of the vapor of the ethereal solution of opium.Boston Med Surg J. 1846; 35: 263-264