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It is not our purpose today to discuss epithelioma from an etiologic or pathologic standpoint: these subjects belong to those who are more competent, and should receive consideration only from those whose authority is based on experimental research. As practical surgeons we are chiefly concerned in the clinical and operative aspects of this insidious, relentless and fatal disease.
We will direct our attention to the tonsil when affected by epithelioma. This, on first thought, does not seem to be the place for discussing diseases of the tonsil, but nearly every special field that is more or less surgical, will have in it more or less work for the general surgeon. The field of laryngology and rhinology, in common with others, contains many diseases whose surgical magnitude and responsibility seem to require a general surgeon for their management. The cases which will serve to illustrate our theme today were referred by
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