It has become apparent during the last few years that the recognition of the importance of bronchoscopy for diagnosis and treatment in disease has resulted in an enormous increase in the proportion of this class of cases as compared with those in which a foreign body is involved, notwithstanding the fact that the actual number of the latter type of cases in which bronchoscopy was used has increased enormously also. After commenting on this fact, Chevalier Jackson,1 in one of the most important articles of the year, presented an interesting analysis of the reasons for the phenomenal success of bronchoscopy in disease. First among these he placed the restoration of the defensive power of the lungs. He stated that "bronchoscopic researches have demonstrated that the deeper bronchi are practically sterile, and that the bacteria are increasingly numerous as the larynx is approached. As bacteria-laden atmospheric air necessarily reaches
CLERF LH. Progress in Otolaryngology: A Summary of the Bibliographic Material Available in the Field of Otolaryngology: PERORAL ENDOSCOPY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(3):318–342. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030336013
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