It has been favorably commented on at the recent meetings of the American Board of Otolaryngology that the younger otolaryngologists are examining the oral cavity with greater care than did the applicants of ten years ago who came before the board. While not all otolaryngologists are interested in or even qualified for oral surgery, all should thoroughly examine the mouth as a necessary part of any complete examination. The tongue depressor can be, and often is, used too soon to hold the tongue down and thus obscures pathologic lesions which should be examined and diagnosed early.
Many of the early lesions of malignant disease can be readily seen, but too many patients with such lesions put off having anything done until pain and external deformity compel them to seek relief. This is the experience of most physicians and surgeons on the staffs of state hospitals, so that the results following
SPENCER FR, HEGNER CF, BLACK WC. BENIGN AND MALIGNANT TUMORS OF THE JAW. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(2):200–245. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020203002
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