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July 1961

Contact Ulcer of the Larynx

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;74(1):70-80. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740030073013

Since Chevalier Jackson,1 in 1928, coined the term "contact ulcer," laryngologists have paid increasing attention to this form of laryngeal pathology. The growing body of papers reporting cases of contact ulcer has enriched our knowledge of this disease; on the other hand, it has revealed a greater complexity of the factors concerning the etiology, incidence, symptomatology, and therapy than was originally assumed. For this reason it seems appropriate to discuss these factors in the light of the literature and of some personal experiences.

In studying the literature on contact ulcer, one fact becomes apparent that has not been previously noted: the almost complete absence of papers by European authors. This is astonishing in view of the long-continued interest of European laryngologists in those forms of laryngeal pathology that are based on vocal dysfunction. It was felt that an inquiry into the reasons for this scarcity of case reports might

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