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May 1958

End-Results in Carcinoma of the Oral CavityA Study Based upon Six Hundred Seventy-Nine Cases over a Fifteen-Year Period

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif.; Los Angeles
From the Departments of Radiology and General Surgery, College of Medical Evangelists, and the Los Angeles County Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(5):677-681. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280230017003

Introduction  At regular intervals it is necessary to analyze end-results in the management of specific lesions in order to adjust treatment policies on the basis of success or failure. The management of carcinoma of the oral cavity is particularly ready for such an analysis because of the past 10 years of intensive attack on these lesions with more radical surgery and irradiation. There is a feeling among many that these intensive measures have not yielded any worthwhile increase in cure rates, while others feel that the radical procedures thus developed should be applied more frequently in earlier situations. The usual partisan appeal of the radiologist and surgeon is even more in evidence than heretofore.

Material  This analysis is based upon a study of 679 cases seen at the Los Angeles County Hospital from 1940 to 1955 inclusive. They were all service cases. The management was in the hands of the

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