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December 31, 1938


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JAMA. 1938;111(27):2467-2473. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790530021008

It was sixteen years ago that Gordon New called the attention of the medical profession to malignant neoplasms of the nasopharynx. He stressed the fact that the regional metastases, vague symptoms referable to one ear or diplopia, and not the primary lesion, bring the patient to the physician. Between that time and 1931 he reported almost 250 cases of nasopharyngeal malignant growths which he had studied. In spite of his complete and adequate description of the syndrome, as well as dissertations by Quirk and Cutler, Beck and Guttman, Christensen and McArthur, Ewing, Ferreri and many others, it appears that general practitioners, and even otolaryngologists, are still not well enough acquainted with malignant lesions of the nasopharynx to recognize them during their early stages.

Within recent years an opportunity of studying a series of such cases has been afforded the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Medical School. The

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