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May 1988

Plastic Surgery Wars

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Downey, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(5):580. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860170110034

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To the Editor.—Thank you for your letter. I am concerned that my letter was perceived by you as perpetuating the myth that one specialty is much more qualified than another. That was not my intention and suggests that my remarks failed to adequately convey my intent, or that the differences we call "turf battles" are as ingrained and unreconcilable as the Catholic-Protestant conflict in Ulster. It would be sad if we all had a knee-jerk reaction that cries turf battle whenever we open our mouths, no matter what is said. As you can see, I have spent some time considering your remarks and your interpretation of my letter. It would seem that both Dr Anderson's and my tongue-in-cheek remarks are like ethnic humor, funny only to those who are not the butt of the joke. I interpreted his comments much as you apparently did mine, as a thrown gauntlet rather than an

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