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January 18, 1902

SURGICAL CORRECTION OF MALFORMATION AND SPEECH DEFECTS DUE TO OR ASSOCIATED WITH HARE-LIP AND CLEFT PALATE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(3):169-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480030027001i
Abstract

The purpose of this discussion is to make clear advantageous possibilities in the treatment of hare-lip and cleft palate by a new method which, 1, reduces the width of the fissure and thus renders a subsequent operation for closure by operation upon the soft tissues more certainly successful and more beneficial by preserving the usefulness of the soft parts; 2, by readjustment of the unequally developed bone structures, gives a more perfect contour to the form of the face after operation; 3, makes it possible to operate successfully upon patients almost with regard to age limitations. The objects which make relief of some kind desirable if not imperative for patients so afflicted, whether the method of procedure be surgical or prosthetic, may be summed up in the two considerations, health and speech, for the purpose, of all treatment must be directed toward improvement in one or both of these requisites.

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