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May 1961

A Surgeon Tastes His Own Medicine

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;73(5):505-506. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740020517001

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In the Medical Times for December, 1960, Dr. Perrin H. Long, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, relates his experiences before and after a total laryngectomy for cancer. This delightfully written editorial should be read by every laryngeal surgeon—and by his patients about to undergo this operation, for the comparative ease (for the patient) of the procedure is reassuring indeed, while the annoyances associated with getting accustomed to a tracheostomy and to the new type of speech are described in a human, witty, and colorful manner.

The Chief Editor of the Archives of Otolaryngology is, at the moment of this writing, "convalescent" 9 days after an inguinal hernia repair. "Convalescent" is in quotes, for this patient was never really ill nor "laid up" by his operation, thanks to local anesthesia, early ambulation, and a skilful surgeon.

An operation on himself under local anesthesia is an interesting and instructive experience

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