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Half-penny surgically removed from child, United Kingdom, 1914-1930

Two hours after swallowing this coin, a three and a half-year-old boy was taken to hospital. X-rays showed the coin to be in his throat, but attempts to remove it using a bronchoscope merely pushed it into the stomach. The coin was eventually removed 27 days later by surgeon Sir Cecil P G Wakeley (1892-1979). It is one of a number of ‘surgically removed objects’ which have been donated to the Wellcome collections.

Chronic laryngitis.With this condition, hyperemia of the mucous membrane may be associated with other changes in the larynx. Edema of the margin of the vocal cords is common (Reinke’s edema), so that the free margin is polypoid and a large sessile polyp may form. 

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legendary khöömeizhi khunashtar-ool oorzhak (1932-93) singing sygyt (a style of tuvan throat-singing) next to the yenisei river in tuva

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