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April 1965

Foreign Bodies in Air and Food Passages in the Japanese

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology, Keio University School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(4):416-420. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050427018

FOREIGN body accidents in the air and food passages occur without discrimination to age, sex, or nationality. Difference, however, is inevitable in the nature and frequency of foreign bodies in each country, influenced by mode of living, customs, habits, and environment.

This paper deals with a brief statistical report of foreign body cases collected from 92 hospitals scattered throughout Japan, where the population of almost 100 million is crowded into an area no larger than the state of California.

All of the 46 existing medical schools, or 100%, responded to this survey. In addition, 24 national and public hospitals and 22 private hospitals also supplied their data for the study.

Although in some of the hospitals detailed information on certain patients was not complete, it is hoped that the following analytical report may serve as a fair representation of what is to be seen in my country.

The figures which