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July 1984

The Biology of Head and Neck Cancer

Arch Otolaryngol. 1984;110(7):485. doi:10.1001/archotol.1984.00800330067016

To the Editor.—I would like to respond to the March Archives article entitled "The Biology of Head and Neck Cancer" by Davidson et al.1 The title of the article seems to suggest that one is going to learn something of importance in the biologic behavior of head and neck cancer. On finishing the article, however, I was struck with the realization that its contents is nothing more than a description of a clinical technique that has been used in our institution for more than 20 years. In fact, in 1978 we presented a paper at the joint meeting of the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery and the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons in Toronto, which subsequently was published in the American Journal of Surgery.2

I wonder if they were aware of our study that included more than three times the number of patients described

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