To the Editor:
—In a recent issue of The Journal (April 15, 1916, p. 1198), Dr. Anthony Bassler states that the surgeons failed to give him the aid and comfort he expected, in a case of esophageal stenosis.I have noted no answer to the letter, and as the same trouble may occur to others, and the measures to obviate it are simple, I am giving three methods, any one of which would be efficient in such a case, but of which some one might appeal more than another to the individual case, or operator.
The oral end of the cord may end in a material which the child cannot bite through—leather, wire or chain.
The oral end may be fastened by a dental ring to a tooth, the ring being easily removed by the physician.
The simplest means of all, which is applicable to the largest number of cases,