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Since alcohol is is a depressant, in high enough doses could it be effectively used as a general anesthetic for surgery?

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Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology

In brief: Not safe

It could and it was, but it would be very unsafe.

In brief: Not safe

It could and it was, but it would be very unsafe.
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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: No

Alcohol was used before an effective anesthetic (ether) was discovered but it does not provide deep anesthesia and is difficult to titrate (prevent overdose).

In brief: No

Alcohol was used before an effective anesthetic (ether) was discovered but it does not provide deep anesthesia and is difficult to titrate (prevent overdose).
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