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January 2013

Uvulectomies and Associated Complications

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Dermatology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (Ms Jacobson and Dr Lee), and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Ladizinski).

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(1):32. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1128

Traditional uvulectomies are common therapeutic or ritualistic procedures that are performed in various countries throughout Africa and the Middle East.1 They have been traced back to Hippocrates (460-355), Galen (129-200), 11th century Spain, and 19th century England and France, where they were used to cure stuttering.2

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