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February 13, 1892

Case of Mal-Assimilation of the Phosphates and Carbonates.-Reply

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(7):202. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411110020007

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Intubation and Tracheotomy.  —In a report of these operations done at the Boston City Hospital, Drs. Prescott and Goldthwaite (Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, No. 27, 1891), draw the following conclusions: Three hundred and ninety-two cases of intubation and 139 cases of tracheotomy have been reported, with a mortality rate of 79.59 per cent. in the former and 88.5 per cent. in the latter; 2,815 cases of intubation and 23,941 cases of tracheotomy have been collected and analyzed, showing comparatively no difference in the mortality rate of the two operations. The results depend more upon the nature of the epidemic than upon the operation. With intubation the results depend more upon the skill and experience of the operator than with tracheotomy. Thirty-seven cases were seen at least a year and a half after recovery from intubation, with perfect voice, and with nothing that would indicate any ulceration from pressure of

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