DURING recent years many excellent articles describing the treatment of this disease have appeared in the literature. Notable contributions have been made by Richards,1 Jackson and Jackson,2 Holinger,3 Brennemann and associates,4 Galloway,5 Font,6 Brighton,7 Orton and associates,8 Lejeune and Bayou,9 Graebner,10 McCaskey,11 Gittins,12 Neffson,13 Walsh,14 MacCready,15 Baum16 and others. There is still lack of agreement regarding the best methods of treatment. Ten years ago the mortality of this disease was said to be 70 per cent.2 Since that time succeeding articles have reported gradually decreasing mortality rates. During the past five years I have treated 52 consecutive patients with this disease. There were no deaths in this series, which included 15 patients who required tracheotomy. My purpose in presenting this paper is to analyze the methods of treatment which have made possible this reduction in mortality rate.
Patients in this series all had severe progressive laryngeal obstruction and
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