Intubation of the larynx, which has been employed in many thousand cases in this country and abroad, has now taken its place with tracheotomy as a well-recognized procedure in the treatment of obstructive dyspnea.
Before taking up the technique of the operation, I will briefly consider its history and the indications for the employment. The passing of a tube, as for instance a catheter, for the relief of laryngeal obstruction is of ancient origin, but it was not until 1858 that Bouchet, of Paris, devised special instruments for this purpose. Unfortunately for Bouchet, owing partly to the defective condition of the instruments, the profession of Paris, led especially by the great authority, Troussseau, not only condemned but ridiculed the new method. Criticism coming from such an authority as Trousseau caused the treatment to meet with so little favor that it was soon entirely abandoned.
While catheterism of the larynx has
WHALEN CJ. INTUBATION OF THE LARYNX. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(22):1375–1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610220005001a
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