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July 1937


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;26(1):38-41. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650020044005

My interest in nasopharyngeal abscesses and cysts was aroused two years ago, when B. M. Kully1 reported 88 cases. I then recalled a similar article by Yankauer,2 published in 1929, reporting 155 cases, and since I could not recall having observed similar conditions, which are apparently so common, I began to wonder why this was so. The answer was soon obvious when I realized that I had not really looked for them, and I think the reason I had not looked for them was also obvious, for there have been only four articles and four reports of single cases in American journals, and only three of these articles and one case report were published in the past twenty years.

Dorrance3 in 1931 gave a rather complete historical survey and listed forty-four references in his bibliography. Kully listed fifty-six references, the majority of which were to articles in foreign journals which