From among a number of my unreported cases of bronchoscopy for foreign bodies in the air-passages, I have selected for consideration the histories of three, each of which possesses some features of unusual interest.
—A boy of about 14, whom I saw in 1910, was suspected of having drawn a tack into his air-passage eight weeks before he was brought to me. The mother informed me that the delay in seeking relief was due to the boy's precocious fear of death, which he thought might result from an operation. The history showed that this patient had suffered from hacking cough and almost daily fever since shortly after the accident, the temperature varying from 99.5 to 104.5 F., but there was no dyspnea and he complained of no pain. He had had a convulsion two days before I saw him, but the history gave no statement as to whether
E. FLETCHER INGALS. TACKS AND NAILS IN THE AIR-PASSAGES: BRONCHOSCOPY. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(7):467–469. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020151005