Intubation of the larynx while not perhaps fulfilling the expectations of some has, nevertheless, within the past year gradually grown in favor and more extended experience has proven the full value of this procedure. An occasional physician has met with such signal failure as to disparage the operation and to abandon it. The same however may be said of tracheotomy, and it is no argument against the operation.
As the full value of an operation can be determined only by a careful investigation of the results in quite a number of cases, I here present a record of my first 150 operations, and although this number is not large it is sufficient to fairly demonstrate that intubation of the larynx possesses nearly, if not quite all the advantages claimed for it. In none of the following cases has the operation been performed until severe and increasing dyspnœa has demanded surgical
WAXHAM FE. REPORT ON INTUBATION.Read in Section on Diseases of Children, at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May 10, 1888.. JAMA. 1888;X(24):739–743. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400500007001a