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The first physician who left us a record of a systematic study of intra-tracheal medication was Dr. Horace Green of New York. Long before the invention of the laryngoscope he had attained remarkable dexterity in passing a sponge probang, saturated with a solution of nitrate of silver, into either bronchus. His reports of his methods and results were so extraordinary that the New York Academy of Medicine appointed an investigating committee to determine the truth or falsity of his statements. The committee agreed that he could and did employ the method described, but a majority condemned its use. With the invention of the laryngoscope there was no immediate revival of the method of direct medication in the treatment of laryngeal and pulmonary inflammations. It is only within the last few years, that occasional reference to this subject can be found in medical literature.
There are several reasons for the slow
THOMPSON JA. TRACHEAL INJECTIONS IN THE TREATMENT OF LARYNGEAL AND PULMONARY INFLAMMATIONS. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1219–1221. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260013001d
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