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July 1950

ESOPHAGEAL TUMORS: Pathology, Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Toronto.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(1):1-7. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030020001

THE CAREFUL examination and assessment of esophageal lesions has long been the responsibility of the otolaryngologist, who has adequate training in the procedures of esophagoscopy. Modern surgical advances in this particular area have been influenced by improved technic and blessed by the protecting grace of antibiotic discoveries. These advances have given, for the first time, a real hope of cure in patients suffering the fearful disease of carcinoma of the esophagus. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the pathologic processes found, to discuss the diagnostic procedures and to review the surgical methods which have been recently used.

It is the custom in our university hospital to consider such patients subjects for the combined operation of an integrated team. The radiologist and esophagologist must share the responsibility of their associated confrères.

PATHOLOGY OF ESOPHAGEAL TUMORS  The tumors here discussed will be those, benign or malignant, which arise from the

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