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JAMA. 1974;229(3):269. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230410015012.
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Jack L. Ranney, secretary of the International Association of Laryngectomees, 219 E 42 St, New York, NY 10017, sponsors a pamphlet, "First Aid for Laryngectomees (Neck-Breathers)."

Drs. Theodore Purcell and Harry Newman of Berkeley, Calif, submit that radiation treatment of a basal cell carcinoma of the tip of the nose would give a better cosmetic result than excision, with lower risk to the patient in every respect. On the same subject, John Antoniades, MD, of Philadelphia, speaks for lesser chance of recurrence, less trauma, and less expense with radiotherapy.

Bela Danos, MD, of Zanesville, Ohio, writes about the hand of Felix-Marti-Ibañez, Thalarctos (the polar bear), Ursus horribilis (the grizzly bear), daily hamburgers, and the headbone-neckbone communication.

Dr. M. S. Burman of New York observes that the newly recognized occupational palsy (228:695, 1974) is the old cross-legged paralysis now played to the tune of the guitar.

From Grass Valley, Calif, David


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