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October 1950


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(4):565-578. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030589005

THE OTOLARYNGOLOGIST by his training and his special knowledge of the malar-zygomatic region is keenly interested in the subject of trauma to this area. It seems paradoxical that the literature most frequently read by him should contain only rare reference pertaining to the diagnosis and the treatment of these injuries. During the war years the increased incidence of malar bone fractures stimulated new interest in the subject among otolaryngologists.1 The Table of Organization of the Medical Department of the Army of the United States directed that an otolaryngologist be assigned to the maxillofacial team. Working in cooperation with other specialists he could obtain optimal results for the casualty. Débridement of the maxillary sinus, molding of its shattered wall and the reduction of the malar bone fracture were the problems of the otolaryngolosist. The pain of injury is the same in war or peace. With the exception of the higher incidence

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