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June 1966

Surgery of the Parotid Gland.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(6):633. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020635033

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While textbooks on parotid gland surgery are few and chapters on the subject in larger surgical texts represent little more than academic outlines, the surgical literature is voluminous, often confusing, and filled with controversy. In writing this text, the author's aim has been to present the subject from a single unbiased viewpoint based on conclusions drawn from observations and treatment of more than 600 patients over a 25-year period.

The chapter on anatomy is clearly written and well illustrated. A rational and functional classification of parotid pathology is presented with excellent accompanying illustrations of gross specimens and microscopic sections. The limitations of conventional roentgenography, the merits and techniques of sialography, the dangers of needle biopsy, and technique of open biopsy are clearly set forth in the chapter on diagnostic procedures.

Most of this text is obviously taken up with the chapter on etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. The value of this

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