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THE need for a central organization to represent all of otolaryngology, assess national need, furnish authoritative information to our lawmakers, and offer liaison to national and state health agencies, has been recognized since 1962 when an attempt was first made to organize such a mechanism within the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Specific recommendations to this effect were made to the academy by an Ad Hoc Committee in 1964, and again in 1966 in a panel sponsored by the Society of University Otolaryngologists. At this meeting deans and professors in medical schools and people high in government council pointed out that because we fail to have a national body to represent the whole broad field of otolaryngology we have drifted into a state of mixed uncoordinated responsibilities, with frightfully expensive reduplication of investigation and diminishing rather than improving adequate patient care. In order to give better service our unified
SHAMBAUGH GE. An American Council for Otolaryngology. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(6):573-574. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060575001