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January 16, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(3):185-189. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730290001001

The otolaryngologist is everywhere severely and often justly criticized for his lack of care in working up his cases. His superficial methods and unrecorded observations are of little or no scientific value. His clinic, like other medical and surgical clinics, is generally thought of and conducted as an institution wholly for the treatment of the sick. This is natural because few persons free of disease apply for medical attention, and the first concern of every clinic should be the best immediate care of the patient. Nevertheless, this is a narrow conception, because it is inadequate to accomplish the greatest good: the study of disease, its cure, alleviation and prevention. Every clinic should be organized for sustained investigations to these ends.

Surely every man worthy of the title "otolaryngologist" must have the urge to contribute something of value to the study of his specialty, and yet the majority act rather as