—Attempted suicide by cut throat followed by complete closure of the trachea by a diaphragm above the canula, persisting for thirteen months; breathing through the larynx and speech entirely impossible. operation: dissection of the diaphragm; suture of the trachea; restoration of normal breathing and voice.
History by Dr. Jones.1
—J. W., 30 years of age, a laborer, on Nov. 12, 1896, in a fit of despondency, attempted suicide by making a large cut in his throat with a penknife. He penetrated the trachea about the second or third ring, twisted the blade about and cut up and down an inch or more. He was taken to a hospital, where the wound was dressed, but not closed, nor was a tube inserted. One week later it was noticed that he could not breathe through the mouth when the wound was closed by pressure. It was deemed necessary to
JONES WS, KEEN WW. SURGERY OF THE TRACHEA. TWO UNUSUAL CASES. JAMA. 1899;XXXII(23):1294–1297. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450500020003a
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