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Otolaryngologists have long been involved in influencing social policy. Through his extensive efforts, Chevalier Jackson, MD, helped to enact the Federal Caustic Act of 1927.1 Despite such changes in federal law, Jackson spent much of his career treating asphyxiation due to foreign body aspiration. Today, foreign body aspiration remains the most important—and preventable—cause of accidental death in infants younger than 1 year.2 In the United States, nearly 3000 deaths are attributable to foreign body aspiration each year.3
Pine HS, Labadie RF, Drake AF. Candy Building Blocks: An Aspiration Risk. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;125(4):474. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.4.474
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