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March 28, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(13):1016-1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310390014002c

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A review of the literature on foreign bodies in the larynx reveals the fact that the subject has been much slighted by the authors of leading text-books, nor do medical journals furnish satisfactory summaries of cases seen in hospital or private practice, the technic of the removal of such foreign bodies, the complications or the final results obtained. Just why so important a condition should be so inadequately dealt with is not easy to explain, unless it is on the hypothesis that everything has been said on the subject.

The history of cases of laryngeal obstruction shows that this condition is usually the result of the accidental entrance into the laryngeal cavity, by way of the mouth, of foreign bodies, such as buttons, screws, false teeth, pins, etc., held in the mouth in play by children, or for convenience by adults; pieces of bone, meat or other food, which have

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