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January 26, 1901


Author Affiliations

Privat Docent for Diseases of Children, University of Munich, Germany. MUNICH.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(4):235-237. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470040013001e

You probably know that intubation was formerly received in Europe with great reserve, and also that the ingenious operation of O'Dwyer is practiced at the present time only by our clinicians. The reason why our practitioners have not much inclination for the endo-laryngeal method is, that, being so conservative, they in this case apprehend that intubation is an operation immensely difficult to learn, and accompanied by a great number of dangers.

One who is experienced in the matter knows that these apprehensions are exaggerated, that intubation is not at all more dangerous than tracheotomy, and that its sphere ought not to be limited to the hospital. But prejudices of that kind, if they once exist, will not be removed by the reports of single persons, however splendid they might be, but only by extensive, thoroughly authenticated statistics.

In the summer of 1899 I took the trouble to procure data concerning

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