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It is now almost ten years that the late Professor Nussbaum commenced his monograph "On Accidents in Surgery" with these words: "Of surgical accidents, avoidable ones as well as unavoidable, there are so many, that if one would attempt to enumerate them all one would hardly know where to begin and where to end. Unfortunately, owing to human vanity, almost exclusively successful cases are reported, while unfortunate events are not published, although one unfortunate accident is often more instructive than ten successful cases." Such considerations have prompted me to report to you to-day a number of accidents following operations in the nose and throat, which have happened during the last eleven years. I do not attempt to enumerate all or even the majority of undesirable sequelæ that I have seen; but I purposely omit all such cases, as are frequently observed and have often been described, for instance lacunar tonsillitis
THORNER M. UNCOMMON ACCIDENTS FOLLOWING OPERATIONS IN THE NOSE AND THROAT.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):699-701. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910029001i