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December 1940

PRIMARY MALIGNANT TUMORS OF THE TEMPORAL BONE: REPORT OF A CASE

Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(6):1023-1030. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660021031002
Abstract

Malignant tumors involving the middle ear cleft and the temporal bone are in no sense pathologic curiosities; nevertheless, they are sufficiently rare to present a most perplexing clinical problem. A number of excellent reports and reviews are available for reference in the literature, and many authors could be cited. The works of Furstenberg,1 Keeler,2 Schall,3 Robinson,4 Fraser5 and Scott6 are as noteworthy as any, but even these, though distinctly helpful, offer no definite solution to the problem in question. After a diligent study of the available literature one gains the impression that the management of malignant growths of the temporal bone is distressingly inadequate; that the prognosis is very grave, since early diagnosis is exceptional, and that the mortality rate remains almost unchanged over the years in spite of all modern facilities for diagnosis and treatment. One must admit that a number of extenuating factors exist which may in part

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