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January 1951

"E.N.T. ESSENTIALLY NEGATIVE"Avoidance of Pitfalls in Otolaryngology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;53(1):27-33. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750010046002

"E.N.T. ESSENTIALLY Negative," or the commonest variation on the same theme, "E.N.T. Not Remarkable," is perhaps the grossest misunderstatement recorded on the average patients' chart. Actually, these expressions are written confessions of inadequate examination and improper interpretation. Such an inadequacy may characterize the uninformed and the unskilled, but when the same inadequacy extends to the specialistic group who have been under the spell of the whisper campaign that "otolaryngology is a dying specialty" then a dangerous state of affairs exists. The same physicians who are annoyed and bored by the constant and repetitious present complaint of postnasal dripping, tinnitus, nasal blockage or headache had better get a rubber stamp, or perhaps this maneuver constitutes too great a physical effort.

We otolaryngologists are in the stage of revivals of remedial agents used by our predecessors who did not have the advantages of proper preparation for the specialty, nor did they have

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