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September 17, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(12):369-371. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400110017001d

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I report these cases of foreign bodies in the air passages for the reason that I believe there are many cases in which foreign substances have entered the air passage and produced death either within a few hours or after prolonged suffering, with destruction of one or both lungs accompanied by symptoms closely allied to tuberculosis of the lungs, without any suspicion on the part of the attending physician as to the true cause of the disease while the patient lives. Where a foreign body is suspected the postmortem examination is resorted to, and finding the foreign substance clears up the doubt. Parents are often unaware of the fact that a child has drawn a foreign substance into the trachea, and the attending physician is left to wander in the dark as to the cause of the attack under consideration. A careful examination of the chest should be instituted where

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