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April 1968

Foreign Bodies in the Food and Air Passages.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(4):448. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060450027

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Many books and papers have been written concerning the management of foreign bodies in the air and food passages. Most of these since the early works of Chevalier Jackson stress the peroral removal of these foreign bodies from the tracheobronchial tree and the esophagus. This short monograph was written by a general surgeon who gives recognition to the advances in endoscopy but addresses his primary attention to the surgical problems arising from the presence of foreign bodies beyond the reach of peroral instruments. According to the author, it is in the lower areas of the anatomy that the largest number of mistaken diagnoses, and consequently of greatest morbidity and mortality, have been reported and he describes these situations well.

I would therefore recommend this book to general surgeons but not to otolaryngologists or general practitioners as the latter may be mislead by its emphasis and it has little that is

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