INJURIES of the larynx do not comprise the most frequent source of war casualties, but they do constitute one of the most serious forms of battle injury. This is true not only as to the immediate prognosis in regard to the loss of life but as to the future rehabilitation of the patient after the immediate crisis is past. The threatened advent of gas warfare would have sent the incidence of laryngeal injuries soaring, as the effect of poisonous gas on the larynx is well known and has been demonstrated not only from the experience of World War I but from accidents or improper handling of poisonous gases in World War II. As the battle casualties have mounted there has been a proportionate rise in laryngeal injuries, although the exact number will never be known as many of them have been recorded as injuries of the neck.
Laryngeal and tracheal