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February 24, 1923

SUCTION IN THE TREATMENT OF LARYNGEAL DIPHTHERIA

JAMA. 1923;80(8):524-526. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640350006002
Abstract

With the introduction of intravenous antitoxin, direct laryngoscopy with swabbing of the larynx, and finally suction, the mortality figures in laryngeal diphtheria have gradually decreased.

HISTORY OF THE RELIEF OF THIS DISEASE  The earliest records of catheterization of the larynx, for cases of inflammatory stenosis, is found in the writings of Hippocrates. Cannulas were carried into the throat along the jaws so that air might be drawn into the lungs. This procedure was practiced until the discovery of tracheotomy by Aschopiadon in the first century B. C. Catheterization was lost sight of until 1780, when it was revived by Chaussier, who proposed the use of a laryngeal tube in the asphyxia of the new-born and to overcome obstruction due to disease.Dissault, in 1801, and many others after him appear to have had some measure of success in the treatment of laryngeal stenosis by this method, particularly in adults; but

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