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FRACTURE OF THE THYROID CARTILAGE.

GEORGE L. MORGENTHAU, M.D.
JAMA. 1891;XVII(15):544-545. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410930008001d.
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Since Arbuthnot Lane (1885)drew the attention of the profession to the frequency of fractures of the hyoid bone and larynx, several cases have been reported which tend to confirm his statement, that these fractures sometimes produce such light symptoms that they can be overlooked. Formerly, the prognosis was considered much graver. Gurlt had (in 1864) collected 68 cases, of which 47 ended fatally, and only 21 recovered. Even excluding those in which the injury was caused by an attempt on the patient's life, or where some additional accident complicated matters, 21 died, and but 13 recovered. Fischer pronounces every fracture of the larynx serious. Later observers, however, contributed statistics which are more encouraging. The most recent publication, by Sakolowski, describes a severe case with recovery. In it will be found a summary of the literature on the subject, statistics, etc. Although the case I had occasion to observe is an

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