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The first case was one in the larynx; a young man while running through a field struck a dry stalk of cockle burr and one burr flew in his mouth and in deep inspiration lodged in the lower larynx. I was called to see him at once; arriving at the patient's house late at night and not having a pair of laryngeal angle forceps in the country at that time, and being unable to do anything with a pair of ordinary forceps, I made an instrument out of a piece of white oak split, but found it impossible to dislocate the burr with the means at hand. The patient was breathing very well, so I concluded to wait until morning. After a good night's rest the patient experienced very little inconvenience from the burr. I made one more effort to dislocate it with my improvised instrument and not accomplishing anything
W. T. KENDALL. REPORT OF A FEW CASES OF FOREIGN BODIES IN THE STOMACH WHICH HAVE COME UNDER MY OBSERVATION IN THE PAST TWENTY YEARS.. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(17):522. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411210016001e