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July 1950


Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(1):31-39. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030050006

NOT UNCOMMONLY, patients seek medical attention because of dysphagia, which may or may not be associated with pain on swallowing. The relative ease with which diagnosis is often established and cure effected may lead to a casual attitude toward patients with this presenting complaint. This attitude is mentioned only to be condemned, for the esophagus may well present early indications of the onset of serious, subtle ailments requiring all the diagnostic acumen one can command. Aid from the dermatologist and neurologist may be required. Better than this diagnostic aid, however, is an exhaustive working knowledge of the conditions that may affect the esophagus, to be obtained only by a thorough grounding in the fields of general medicine, neurology and dermatology, as well as by the training required in the technical elements of the specialty of otolaryngology. All of these should be coordinated with the special knowledge required of the modern

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