DURING the period of the past ten years it has become apparent that the incidence of acute nonspecific infections of the parotid gland has decreased to such a degree that this entity might now be considered within the realm of problems solved.
Mosher1 has written of the unsolved problems of otolaryngology along with the disappearing diseases. Of the latter he mentioned epidemic sore throat, papilloma of the larynx, fibroma of the vault of the pharynx, tuberculosis of the larynx, and late effects of syphilis manifested by gumma of the soft palate and sinking of the external nose. Perhaps one can justifiably include the acute nonspecific infections of the parotid gland with the disappearing diseases mentioned at the time his article was presented to the Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.
One readily recalls the ominous import of this type of disease prior to recent advances in treatment. With added knowledge of
ANDERSON OE. ACUTE NONSPECIFIC INFECTIONS OF THE PAROTID GLANDA Review. Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(5):649–655. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030675008