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August 25, 1923


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Kankakee, Ill.

JAMA. 1923;81(8):660. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26510080001012a

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The youth with open mouth catching flies may have a serious as well as humorous aspect. The average layman rarely has more inconvenience than a revulsion of feeling if an insect happens to fly into the mouth. Occasionally insects are aspirated or swallowed, but they seldom cause distress. Usually they are the kind that fly at twilight or at night. The more aggressive insects, such as bees, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets, are successful in avoiding moving objects. A bee sting of the uvula is unusual and serious enough to warrant a report:

As W. J., a man, aged 26, while riding a motorcycle, turned his head to expectorate, an insect flew into his mouth and on the impact stung. After several attempts the insect was dislodged. It proved to be an ordinary honey bee. Violent gagging and vomiting followed before he was able to reach a physician. He was

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