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March 12, 1887

MODIFIED INTUBATION INSTRUMENTS.Exhibited to the Chicago Medical Society, February 7, 1887,

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JAMA. 1887;VIII(11):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391360011001c

I wish to say a few words this evening in regard to intubation of the larynx in connection with the specimens and instruments I have to present. About thirty years ago a new operation was proposed as a substitute for tracheotomy, by M. Bouchut, of France, and so great was the opposition to this new operation, which was styled tubage of the larynx, that a committee headed by Trousseau, appointed by the Academy of Medicine, reported adversely in regard to it, and the operation was so deeply buried in oblivion, that early operators in this country were not even aware of the attempts and failure of Bouchut.

The most earnest advocates of intubation do not consider that the instruments are perfect, indeed the operation is yet in its early infancy, and it may be years before the method is fully and perfectly developed. One of the chief objections to the

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