In Reply:—

The publication of several letters to the editor concerning management of the bearded airway occurred concurrent to the formulation of our correspondence 1and were regretfully excluded from the discussion and references. This flurry of furry correspondence in the journal Anaesthesia  highlights the ubiquity of the problem, and also the range of solutions, depending on the resources that are available. 2–7 

1.
Johnson JO, Bradway JA, Blood T: A hairy situation (letter). A NESTHESIOLOGY 1999; 91:595
2.
Alexander R, Thomas DI: Overcoming the beard (letter). Anaesthesia 1999; 54:100
3.
Crooke J: The bearded airway (letter). Anaesthesia 1999; 54:500
4.
Hancock AC: The bearded airway (letter). Anaesthesia 1999; 54:408
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Moore EW, Cowan CM: A close shave (letter). Anaesthesia 1999; 54:305
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Vincent C, Ames WA: The bearded airway (letter). Anaesthesia 1998; 53:1034–5
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Thomas DI: Overcoming the beard (letter). Anesthesia 1999; 54:100