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August 19, 1893

TUMORS OF THE NECK.Read before the Section of Surgery and Anatomy, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(8):276-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420600026001g

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No region of the body is so prolific in neoplasms as the neck.

No region of the body is so important from an anatomical and surgical standpoint, containing as it does many great vessels and nerves, the integrity of which is essential to life. Therefore, the diagnosis and treatment of morbid growths in this situation is of commanding interest.

Never passed the time since surgery has been practiced as an art, that its followers everywhere have not approached operations upon the neck with the greatest caution, if not trepidation.

While a proper amount of anxiety should attend all operations in so vital a spot, I shall endeavor to show that the danger incurred in the removal of tumors from the neck, varies as widely as the many neoplasms differ histologically.

Tumors superficial to the deep cervical fascia are comparatively easy of diagnosis and safely operable, presenting no greater danger than

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