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June 1951


Author Affiliations

From the department of Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology, Jefferson Medical College Hospital.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(6):679-699. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750060074014

DISEASES OF THE ESOPHAGUS  Surgery of the Esophagus.—While surgery of the esophagus is not a primary problem for the esophagologist, it is nevertheless important for him to have a keen appreciation of the needs of the surgeon so that he may serve in the capacity of a competent consultant. Ochsner and his associates1 discuss surgery of the esophagus and consider a large number of the lesions of the esophagus that are amenable to surgical treatment. They enunciate certain criteria concerning diagnosis as well as treatment and also emphasize certain of the difficulties and dangers of endoscopic investigation. It is important that the esophagologist enjoy the viewpoint of the thoracic surgeon in this field so that he can provide him with a more adequate evaluation of the problems involved and the information which may be secured by esophagoscopic investigation. It is only in this way that esophagology can hope