Surgical treatment of head and neck cancers in the ancient world.


OBJECTIVE This paper attempts to chart the history of head and neck cancers and their surgical treatment, starting from ancient Egypt and concluding with Galen. CONCLUSION The ancient Egyptians appear to have treated head and neck cancers with local applications. The ancient Greek corpus contains a reference to treating pharyngeal carcinoma with cautery… (More)
DOI: 10.1017/S0022215115001218