On March 27, 1897, whilst eating some soup, [J.W.] aspirated a bone. This accident was followed by attacks of violent cough and dyspnoea, which, however, became gradually less… On direct laryngeal examination by mean of Kristein’s spatula, the patient being seated with his head strongly deflected to the left, I saw in the right principal bronchus a white mass. On the following day I introduced, under cocaine anaesthesia, a straight tube of 9 millimeters diameter and of 25 centimeters length through the larynx and the trachea until I came near the foreign body. The curvature of the trachea was thus removed, and the foreign body could be seen distinctly. I had great difficulty in catching hold of the foreign body, using a pair of slender forceps which had specially and quickly been made. The difficulties were great, as at that time…I was still without the necessary practice which enables one to look easily, and even more to operate, through long tubes. Eventually I succeeded in catching the bone and in extracting it. The patient was able to return home the following day.
Gustav Killian, 1902.
Direct endoscopy of the upper air-passages and oesopghagus; its diagnostic and therapeutic value in the search for and removal of foreign bodies. J Laryngol Rhinol Otol 17:461, 1902.
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Fifty years ago today, Dr. Luther L. Terry, Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, released the first report of the Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health.
The report concluded on the basis of 7,000 articles available at the time relating to smoking and disease that cigarettes were a cause for chronic bronchitis as well as lung and laryngeal cancer.