Bronchotomy is a surgical incision into the throat. Nowadays, such procedures are typically referred to more precisely by the place of incision (i.e. laryngotomy, thyrotomy and tracheotomy).
Asclepiades of Bithynia is credited with being the first person who proposed bronchotomy as a surgical procedure, though he never attempted to perform one. Aretaeus of Cappadocia thought the procedure dangerous even as a remedy for choking, since the resulting incision "would not heal, as being cartilaginous"; Caelius Aurelianus also rejected its usefulness.