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February 1930


Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(2):213-214. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560020089011

A Star safety razor blade was removed from a patient at Kings Park State Hospital. The patient was 36 years of age and had for some time been confined to the asylum for dementia praecox, catatonic type. On March 13, 1929, in an attempt at suicide, after cutting himself in various places he swallowed the razor blade. Because of the wounds on the neck, abdomen and wrists, and as a cutting instrument was not found on the person of the patient, a roentgenogram was taken, which showed a safety razor blade, with a cutting edge on only one side, located in the upper portion of the thoracic esophagus. Late in the afternoon of that day, the patient was anesthetized, but when the esophagoscope was passed in the location that was predetermined roentgenologically, the blade was not found at this place; it had dropped to the lower portion of the esophagus,

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