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November 1966

The Nonvalue of Oral Cytology

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(5):527-533. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030529013

AS PHYSICIANS and surgeons who treat patients with malignant neoplasms of the oral cavity and pharynx, we are all too familiar with the patient who presents himself in our office with a far-advanced malignant neoplasm in this area. With the full realization that such tumors produce relatively few or no symptoms in their early stages, we do know that the diagnosis in many of the patients could have and should have been made at a much earlier stage of their disease. Any technique, clinical or laboratory, which might advance this objective, is and should be supported most wholeheartedly by all of us. The early diagnosis of cancer has been a prime objective of the American Cancer Society, which has been responsible for the greatly increased awareness of this disease by the general public and the importance of its early diagnosis. Nonetheless, in its uncritical zeal it occasionally supports foolish and

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