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February 1955


Author Affiliations

Dallas, Texas
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Southwestern Medical College of the University of Texas.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(2):141-150. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020155002

HISTORY  IN NO FIELD of medicine has there been such intensive and constant investigation as in the field of malignant diseases. In the present decade, during which dramatic and far-reaching medical discoveries have been made, cancer still occupies a prominent position in the studies of research laboratories as well as in the fears of the laity. Financial and technical advantages of the researcher have reached a high level, but very little knowledge has been gained that may be applied to the prevention of the disease.That the medical men of ancient times were cognizant of malignant diseases of the nose is attested by the earliest writings of the learned great. Although Hippocrates held the view of nonsurgical treatment of these lesions, Galen and his followers were perhaps the first to remove them by knife, hot irons, and caustics. They recognized that incomplete surgical treatment caused the tumor to increase in

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