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During the last decade the advance in laryngology has been so great that the number of cases of nervous origin, or functional, has been so vastly reduced that the so-called nervous and hysterical cases are becoming rather limited in their number. It has only been within this period that attention has been called to several important pathological lesions situated at the base of the tongue giving rise to symptoms which seemed never to be relieved by the methods of treatment previously in vogue but now completely cured, enabling us to relegate a large number of so-called nervous cases to their proper sphere. It is in hope, by calling attention to some further changes in this organ, of still further reducing the number of nervous cases that I present the following paper, We recognize, most thoroughly, that there are a certain number of cases presenting no pathological changes, due seemingly to
RICHARDSON CW. A PATHOLOGICAL CHANGE AT THE BASE OF THE TONGUE, POSSIBLY EXPLAINING CERTAIN SO-CALLED FUNCTIONAL DISEASES OF THAT ORGAN. Read before the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, October 10, 1888. JAMA. 1889;XII(4):119–122. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400810011001d
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