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September 10, 1960


JAMA. 1960;174(2):199. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030020087029

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, July 2, page 990, there is an interesting article by Dr. Roy R. Vetto titled, "Epiglottitis." Although much space was allotted to the subject of treatment, the simplest and most effective form of therapy was not mentioned. Multiple puncture of the edematous epiglottis, performed with direct laryngoscopy or a metal tongue depressor, was used in the early days of laryngology and is still a life-saving procedure.

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