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August 1934


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;20(2):152-161. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03600020016002

In modern medicine, as in that of the past, tuberculosis may be regarded as the disease above all others whose battle-ground is the whole body. No part of the human organism is immune to it, and no single organ seems capable of localizing it. The reader must, therefore, be cautioned against taking the title of this article in its literal or restricted sense. No one whose work has brought him in constant contact with this disease can remain oblivious to the meaning of tuberculosis of the larynx or avoid the impression that it is only one of the many manifestations of a disease that most frequently embraces not organs alone, but whole systems of organs, and that only reluctantly retreats to one system. The latter is most apt to be the respiratory system, of which the larynx is an important part. Tuberculous disease of the larynx, whenever found, must, therefore,