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July 9, 1938


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San Francisco

From the Hooper Foundation, University of California.

JAMA. 1938;111(2):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790280018041

People who are hard of hearing frequently complain that rapid strides are being made in the prevention and cure of many other diseases but "nothing is ever done for us." Deafness of whatever type presents one of the most baffling problems confronting medical science. Much has been accomplished in the past in the way of laying the foundations for accurate knowledge concerning the organ of hearing and the changes that occur in disease. Since the American Otological Society organized a research bureau and other smaller "funds" have provided grants to various universities, the pessimism is beginning to be dissipated. Otologists, anatomists, physiologists, neurologists, pathologists, psychologists, physicists and acoustical engineers have initiated well integrated programs either alone or in collaboration with one another and even between departments of different universities. Otologic research is now making stupendous progress, especially in the United States and Canada. During the International Congress of Otolaryngologists held

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