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Article
January 1952

POLIOMYELITIS AND THE LARYNGOLOGIST

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(1):55-60. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010062008
Abstract

ONLY IN the past two or three years has the laryngologist been considered an essential member of a consultant staff in the treatment of poliomyelitis. Still, in some quarters his position today is challenged, in spite of the increasing evidence in the literature that he offers a therapy that saves lives. His knowledge of respiratory problems seen often from foreign bodies, laryngeal cancer, tracheobronchitis, postoperative atelectasis, and laryngeal edema can be applied directly to the respiratory problems in acute poliomyelitis. As a member of the poliomyelitis team, the laryngologist should observe the patient early, be able to recognize any impending respiratory difficulty, and act accordingly. He should not be considered simply a techni cian to be called to act on the decision of someone else.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND  Apparently not until 1932 was there any report that patients with respiratory problems in poliomyelitis could be benefited by treatment. In that year,

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