Presented at the Meeting of the Middle Section of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., Madison, WI, January 21, 1984.
1984 Middle Section Triological Paper
Sir Morell Mackenzie revisited†
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
Copyright © 1984 The Triological Society
Volume 94, Issue 10, pages 1307–1310, October 1984
How to Cite
Chalat, N. I. (1984), Sir Morell Mackenzie revisited. The Laryngoscope, 94: 1307–1310. doi: 10.1288/00005537-198410000-00009
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
The story of Sir Morell Mackenzie and his famous pnticnt, Frederick III, Crown Prince of Germany naturally divides itself into four segments: the physician, his famous patient, the illness, and its consequences both medically and historically.
The circumstances of Frederick's death have affected us all. Medically, the cause of biopsy for carcinoma of the larynx was set back many years. For generations biopsy was considered unnecessary to the diagnosis.
Had Frederick lived and remained Emperor, and had he encouraged Bismarck to continue a more liberal government and constitutional monarchy; had he continued the non-aggression treaty between Russia and Germany; had he honored his pledge to Queen Victoria for a “close and lasting friendship between our two nations,” how different our history might have been.