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Considerable interest has recently been excited in the profession by reports of several cases in which tubage or intubation of the glottis through the natural passages has been practiced as a substitute for tracheotomy. We are indebted to the ingenuity and persistence of Dr. Joseph O'Dwyer, of New York, for the instruments with which this operation is performed, and for the first practical use of this novel procedure, though several before him have experimented in the same direction. We are further indebted to Dr. F. E. Waxham, of this city, for his enthusiasm in trying the new method, which has brought it fairly before the profession. With unusual modesty Dr. O'Dwyer seems to have experimented a long time before any outside of his immediate circle of acquaintances knew of his efforts; it being his desire to perfect the instrument before publishing his results.
In April, 1885, Dr. Waxham procured a
INGALS EF. INTUBATION OF THE GLOTTIS FOR MEMBRANOUS LARYNGITIS. JAMA. 1886;VI(6):147–150. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250020007003
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