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December 1941


Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(6):1101-1112. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660041195003

It has been my privilege to study a considerable number of patients who have undergone complete laryngectomy for cancer. The majority of these patients came with their operative wounds recently healed, at the time when they were about to pass from the hands of laryngeal surgeons and return to their often distant homes. For this reason, they have been seen from a point of view rather different from that of either the general practitioner of otolaryngology, who sees the patient first and is chiefly concerned with the problem of the diagnosis of the laryngeal lesion, or the laryngeal surgeon, who looks on the patient as presenting a surgical problem and naturally has given his thought and energy to the difficulties of the surgical attack and of the postoperative care. As times passes, all of these problems are met and solved; then an entirely new set of problems comes into view.

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