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May 2, 1953


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Otolaryngology, Lahey Clinic.

JAMA. 1953;152(1):19-25. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010025006

Although the prevention of injury to the facial nerve and the management of the facial paralysis that follows when the nerve has been injured are, undoubtedly, the most important and interesting aspects of any discussion concerned with the facial nerve, it would be incomplete if other conditions that may be encountered were not considered also. The literature pertaining to the management of traumatic facial paralysis is extensive and in unanimity. There are numerous publications to which one may refer for information relative to the treatment of such cases. On the other hand, the literature concerned with the management of other affections of the facial nerve is less extensive and less uniformly in agreement. To the best of my knowledge there is no single publication to which one might refer for information relative to the disorders of this nerve. This discussion, therefore, may be of interest if for no other reason