In these days when so much uncertainty and disagreement exist with regard to many otolaryngologic conditions and their treatment, one might well feel that at least the subject of acute laryngeal obstruction was one about which there is relatively little controversy. It may be difficult to decide whether the lining of an antrum should or should not be removed, but the advisability of relieving an obstruction of the gateway to the upper air passages is not a question for lengthy debate. Such obstruction, associated so often with danger to the life of the patient, must be promptly and efficiently treated, not only to afford rescue from the hazard of the moment, but also in such a way as to prevent the subsequent development of a train of sequelae, which, once supervening, may result in a most protracted convalescence and require tedious and long drawn out treatment.
In spite of the
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