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March 1953


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;57(3):282-286. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710030302004

EXCELLENT studies on the systematic treatment of lye burns of the esophagus, with evaluation of the results of special techniques, have been published by Webb and Woolsey,1 Stumboff,2 Tucker and associates,3 Jackson,4 Hanckel,5 and others. Many other articles easily found in the literature attest the importance of the subject.

It is well known that the number of patients in the United States has markedly decreased since the enactment of the lye legislation, in 1927, at the instigation of Dr. Chevalier Jackson. This legislation has undoubtedly done more to prevent cicatricial stenosis of the esophagus from lye burns than has the skillful technique of modern endoscopists. Only a few cases have been reported recently in American literature, including those mentioned by Webb and Woolsey,1 Tucker,3b Hanckel,5 and the report of Fisher and Hicks.6 On the other hand, a considerable number of burns

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