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Obviously no author could write a manual on diseases of the ear, nose and throat that would satisfy every laryngologist who is engaged in teaching undergraduates. The material that must be compressed within the narrow confines of a small book is too vast to permit adequate condensation without slighting certain topics which to some teachers are more important than those selected by this author. If the purpose of such a book is to present in as concise a manner as possible the essential and important features of the specialty and to emphasize vital diagnostic signs, Ballenger's book comes as close to filling the bill as is humanly possible. In the new edition the text includes the latest data; sufficient emphasis is still placed on the important and serious complications which may often perplex the general practitioner, as indeed they frequently do the specialist. The chapters on neck infections, foreign bodies
A Manual of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. JAMA. 1943;123(4):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840390068028