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October 1941


Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(4):820-824. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040876014

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The interest in endoscopic procedures is today greater than ever before. The results, particularly in the removal of foreign bodies from the food passages and airways, have been so spectacular that there is scarcely a well organized nose and throat clinic that has not accumulated a collection of weird and common objects of assorted sizes and shapes, which have been removed from these passages.

Recently there appeared a review of nearly 1,000 cases in which foreign bodies had been removed, with a mortality of only 1.68 per cent. This is indeed a tribute to the science of endoscopy and to the knowledge and skill of the individual operators.

In endoscopy, as in all successful therapeutics, there is always the danger of overenthusiasm. Thinking that a counterweight may not be amiss, I am reporting these somewhat unusual cases.

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—A white man accidentally swallowed some loosened upper dental

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