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Miss U., aged 66, was admitted to the Lutheran Church Home as an inmate about twenty years ago. Since that time, she had been in fairly good health, except that she had experienced constant difficulty in swallowing. Thus she had been unable to eat her oatmeal without picking out any lumps that might be in it. She had also been markedly hunchbacked ever since she had been in the institution. The cause of this deformity could not be ascertained.
I saw her for the first time, the morning of Jan. 5, 1918. During the two previous days, her difficulty in swallowing had markedly increased, and for twelve hours she had been unable to swallow anything.
Only a very superficial examination was possible, as the patient was in great distress and could not breathe except when curled up on her left side. The most obvious symptom was her extreme dyspnea, not
Noehren AH. DEATH FROM PRESSURE ON LARYNX BY EXTREME ANTERIOR CURVATURE OF CERVICAL SPINE. JAMA. 1918;70(10):680. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26010100004009d
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