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Article
February 1955

PERFORATIONS OF RESPIRATORY AND ALIMENTARY TRACTS BY METALLIC FOREIGN BODIES

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Los Angeles

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(2):164-166. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020178004
Abstract

FOREIGN bodies in the air and food passages are quite common, such that no endoscopist's office is complete without a dramatic display of fascinating objects he has recovered from them during his medical career. Ellen Patterson,1 in a review of the literature regarding such foreign bodies, reports that the earliest recorded case treated successfully is attributed to Nicholas Habicot, who, in 1620, performed a tracheotomy to relieve the incident suffocation. The objects involved were nine pistoles wrapped in a cloth, swallowed by a 14-year-old boy in imminent danger of being robbed of them. Habicot, being unable otherwise to extract these coins, forced them into the stomach by means of a lead probe, whereupon they progressed in the usual manner. In the same article is a note on the first recorded case of tracheotomy for removing a foreign body. Verdue,* in his "Surgical Pathology," published in Amsterdam in 1717, described

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