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April 1956


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Palm Springs, Calif.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(4):419-420. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830100077016

"WHATEVER happened to so and so?" is a query that often remains unanswered. In the case of patients previously operated upon or treated whose history may have been a little out of the ordinary the answer may have more than ordinary significance. Statistics based on a series of cases over a period of years are always incomplete because of failure to reach a certain percentage whose whereabouts are unknown.

Occasionally a former patient will drift in after a lapse of years, which in most cases pleases the physician. Had the patient borne the physician any ill will he would in all probability have made it known long since. The following case illustrates this point.

REPORT OF CASE  A man on whom I had operated 23 years ago for a saddle nose dropped into the office recently to tell me his nose had been red for several days. My records showed

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