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May 30, 1953

The Pharynx: Basic Aspects and Clinical Problems.

JAMA. 1953;152(5):482. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690050106039

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The pharynx is a site of extensive clinical interest to specialists and general practitioners because it serves as a portal of entry for many micro-organisms and because of its contiguity to the digestive and respiratory tracts. This new book on the pharynx is divided into five major sections that describe such fundamentals as anatomy, bacteriology, and physiology; the clinical problems associated with the nasopharynx; acute and chronic diseases of the mouth and pharynx; the uvula, salivary glands, infections of the neck, and pharyngeal diverticula; tuberculosis, syphilis, and neoplasms; and the relationship of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy to poliomyelitis, rheumatic fever, and allergy. Since the book is a collaborative effort of 19 contributors in addition to the editor, it is refreshing to have the editorial introductions and comments on the material by the contributors. The book is well organized, contains an adequate bibliography, and is competently illustrated. It should serve as a

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