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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).[1]


Asclepiades of Bithynia is credited with being the first person who proposed bronchotomy as a surgical procedure, though he never attempted to perform one.[2] 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.[2]


  1. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bronchotomy". Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ a b "Chirurgia". A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. Retrieved 2012-09-20.