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August 14, 1948


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JAMA. 1948;137(16):1353-1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500001001

Neck surgery in otolaryngology has not been developed to any great degree. It is open to development at present, and it is my hope that in the future increasing numbers of otolaryngologists will adopt this field of surgery as their responsibility. Some instructors not only teach neck surgery along with otolaryngology, but they also advocate that the otolaryngologist should follow a definite program of training in this field. A year in general surgery should be added to his training; in his basic subjects he should be taught gross and surgical anatomy, as well as the surgical pathology and histopathology of the neck; and, under the direction of a good teacher, he should be guided in the practical application of this knowledge.

In particular, certain features of the anatomy of the neck should be stressed, among the most important of which are the cervical fasciae. Because of their great clinical importance,

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