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September 1993

Case Report

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1993;119(9):926. doi:10.1001/archotol.1993.01880210014001

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The case report has been an important means of transmitting information about a single clinical observation since the American medical literature began in the first part of this century. At the turn of the century, we did not have the collective body of information that now exists to perform comprehensive evaluations, statistical analyses, and put together a physiologic understanding of disease processes. Despite the lack of definitive analyses, the case report still provides the opportunity for new or novel observations about diseases and, therefore, continues to be of value to the readership. We do, however, feel that the case report needs to have its own identifiable criteria to maintain its position of importance.

The case report by its nature should be short. For the Archives, it would be no more than six double-spaced typed pages of completed text. It should be concise, focused on one topic that would result in

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