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July 20, 1901

TOTAL EXTIRPATION OF THE THYROID GLAND.

Author Affiliations

Clinical Professor of Otology, Medical Department, University of Buffalo. BUFFALO, N. Y.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(3):185-186. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470290031002i
Abstract

On Sunday morning, July 15, 1900, I was hurriedly summoned to attend a male, aged 16, and found him breathing heavily while sitting on the edge of a bed. His voice was clear, indicating that the obstruction was below the subglottic region. As he was quite cyanotic, he was placed in a chair with his head tilted back and a 2 per cent. eucain solution injected under the skin. The trachea was easily opened and a silver tube introduced. There was, however, no relief. Then a soft-rubber catheter was run down into the trachea, with instantaneous relief. His heart was in very bad shape, but he was watched closely during the night and strychnin and stimulants were freely administered. I left word that if the patient rallied I would remove the gland causing the obstruction. Next morning, Dr. Bingham, who had the case in charge, telephoned that the boy was

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