THERE are a good many laryngoscopes available for infant and child laryngoscopy. However, those that are available have been designed for and by operators who are trained endoscopists. Repeated inquiries by pediatricians and former residents have made it apparent that an instrument designed for inspection of the larynx and for performing the commoner instrumentations with a maximum of safety and minimum of technical difficulty would fill a real need in the armamentarium of the men who normally see the patient first.
Accordingly, construction of such an instrument was undertaken two years ago. The final result is a set of tubes of proper length and diameter. The tubes have a much shorter tip than those now available; thus the laceration of the upper alveolar ridge is minimized. The tubes are closed so that the tongue does not slip into the visual field, a problem that bothers the occasional laryngoscopist. The handle