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November 19, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1514-1519. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500210001a

Esophagoscopy has been practiced so long and is so familiar to some general surgeons as well as to laryngologists, that its history would not be of great interest. However, its great value in some cases calls for at least a word, and I wish to present the history of one very interesting case in which it enabled me to make a successful operation where other methods failed.

Bronchoscopy is of more recent origin and must become of great interest to laryngologists because of the aid that it affords in removing foreign bodies from the air passages, especially in cases that can not be relieved by tracheotomy alone, and also in many other cases where the resulting scar and the dangers of pneumonia render the latter operation objectionable.

The ease with which foreign bodies can usually be removed from the trachea and often from a main bronchus after tracheotomy, makes this