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caught if one had been standing ready for that purpose. I examined the trachea thoroughly with forceps as far down as the bifurcation of the bronchi without detecting the pin. The girl was then held in an inverted position, and while the trachéal wound was held wide open I irritated the trachea slightly, and the pin was thrown out upon the floor. It was rusty, about two inches long, with a glass head. The girl recovered without the slightest drawback ; she did not even cough, and in less thandoi:10.1056/nejm187907101010203 fatcat:rsrtso63s5gr7dr4je6ccbgqsi