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December 1957

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Laryngeal Carcinoma: A Comparative Study of the Netherlands and the United States

Author Affiliations

Assistant, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;66(6):679-697. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830300059006

Reason for This Paper  If you as a laryngologist were faced with the sudden knowledge that you were a hapless victim of a new growth in the larynx, what type of cure would you select?The vital question just posed is not new but as old as the knowledge of medical science that cancer is a killer, and that, if not removed or otherwise effectively treated, it may destroy the body with devastating rapidity. Conversely, as a laryngologist, how often is one confronted with this question concerning one's own fate? Most frequently this dilemma applies to a bewildered, mystified, and, maybe, even hysterical (but in any case inexpert) layman patient in whom the specialist has recently diagnosed a new growth.In spite of the literature that has been published selectively about laryngeal carcinoma during the comparatively brief evolution of its therapy and diagnosis, we must admit that the science of

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