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Article
August 1958

Surgery of Head and Neck Tumors.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(2):267. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020275018

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Abstract

Dr. Martin has dedicated his book "to Jules C. Abels, the best doctor, and Joseph J. Lerner, the most courageous patient I have ever known."... One hopes that these gentlemen are still alive to enjoy such praise.

At the outset, 10 pages are devoted to "Contents." Part I takes up Basic Principles of Cancer Surgery of the Head and Neck. Beginning with a few pages of historical notes, preoperative considerations are next in order. Then come "The Operation," with technical considerations such as shaving and sterile preparation of the field, local or general anesthesia, instruments, types of incision, blood transfusions, how much to excise, preliminary tracheotomy when necessary, closure of wounds, sutures, skin grafts, bone grafts, wound drainage, etc.... Chapter 4 gives some eight pages to postoperative care. Chapter 5 describes the immediate postoperative risks and disabilities due to removal of diseased tissues and organs. Complications such as hemorrhage, chyloma,

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