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November 7, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(19):529-530. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391180025012

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To the Editor of the Journal: 

Dear Sir:  —During the past few years, at the meeting of the various medical societies, I have heard my friend, Dr. Byrd, make the statement that the method of treating a case of tracheotomy without a tube, or what has been called tubeless tracheotomy, was originated by Dr. Henry A. Martin, of Boston, and he repeats the statement in his remarks on "Tetanus," in the Journal of the American Medical Association, of October 10, 1885, page 400.Now conceding all that Dr. Byrd says of Dr. Martin as a distinguished surgeon, he did not originate, introduce, or suggest this method of tracheotomy; and I cannot think that Dr. Martin ever claimed it. Dr. Daniel Brainard was the surgeon who first made known and advocated this method, and it should be known as Brainard's operation for tracheotomy. In the American Journal of the Medical

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