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July 1956

The Value of Suspension Laryngoscopy in Intralaryngeal Surgery

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(1):30-35. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830130032004

Suspension laryngoscopy offers such an excellent approach to lesions occurring in the hypopharynx, yet is used so infrequently by the average laryngologist, that its merits warrant further discussion. As is well known, several laryngoscopes are currently employed for direct examination of the larynx. All accomplish more or less similar results by slightly different techniques. Each has its own staunch advocates, but the most widely used direct laryngoscope is the one devised by that master laryngologist, Chevalier Jackson. The Hasslinger, Bruening and Negus laryngoscopes are popular in Europe, and in this country modifications of the Jackson laryngoscope have been offered by Clerf, Tucker, Broyles, Holinger, and others. All are excellent instruments, but they all have one disadvantage, that is, the laryngoscope must be held in one hand while operative procedures within the hypopharynx or larynx must be performed with the other hand. Recently, in an effort to overcome this objection, Lewy