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December 1961

Cancer of the Nasopharynx: Its Natural History and Treatment.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;74(6):714-715. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740030727023

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This small text, or rather monograph, on an important subject is concise and is characterized by a total lack of discursiveness. It is a careful and honest report on a personal experience with a deadly clinical class of neoplasms. Its limitations on this basis are admitted frankly. Its advantages are only suggested. The style is the excellent one of our British confreres.

In the beginning Dr. Lederman discusses the racial distribution of this class of lesions and he presents the astonishing fact that the Asiatic Chinese and the Mediterranean Maltese with no geographic, ethnic or environmental connections have the highest frequency incidence of this disease.

By a careful designation of the boundaries of the nasopharynx the postsuperior surface of the soft palate becomes its floor and so tumors of this surface are included here.

A clear and concise description of the fascial planes and compartments of the region and the

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