Location. Location. Location. Everything in medicine comes down to real estate. The closer to a vital structure in the body, the more precarious the consequence— especially when considering foreign objects where nature did not intend them to be.
As I think more about inanimate items in familiar orifices, I realize how truly boundless the possibilities are for mass education and insight. There isn’t a field of medicine that doesn’t address these issues; or, one I can think of anyway. So, buckle up, as we journey through the initial in a series taking a top down approach.
We'll go from the top down. So that means beginning with the ear, nose and throat.
For the pediatrician, it is a semi-routine occurrence to remove alien entities from known apertures. There...