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October 15, 1973

Fiberoptic Endoscopy And Bronchoscopy

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Mercer Island, Wash

JAMA. 1973;226(3):353. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230030065023

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To the Editor.—  The editorial of Dr. Henry Colcher (225:58-59, 1973) interested me. In his discourse about fiberoptic endoscopy, Dr. Colcher makes no mention of fiberoptic bronchoscopy, which is also enjoying a striking increase in popularity among physicians.For many years before the introduction of these instruments I sought to instruct medical residents in the technique of bronchoscopy and its usefulness and indications. These efforts were frequently criticized by those who thought this was not something that could or should be done by internists. My critics included both internists and surgeons. Now with the introduction of fiberoptic instruments, physicians are finding that there is much to be gained by examining the tracheobronchial tree and that the procedure can be learned by most any physician willing to make the effort. I believe the benefits of this new trend will be that more doctors will become interested and knowledgeable about disorders of