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  1. David G E Caldicott
  1. Correspondence to David G E Caldicott, Emergency Department, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 7EG, UK; david.caldicott{at}

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I presume that Dr Fairhurst1 is referring to a substance used ubiquitously in the antipodes and more commonly spelled ‘methoxyflurane’.

It is estimated that over three million doses have been used over the last 25 years in Australia.2 3 It is used by state ambulance services in the pre-hospital environment in most states of Australia, by the Australian Defence Forces, within emergency departments, on adults and children, by St John's Ambulance and by …

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