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November 18, 1939

Otolaryngology in General Practice

JAMA. 1939;113(21):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460061037

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This textbook on otolaryngology for use by the general practitioner accomplishes its purpose in an admirable way. The author discusses the most common diseases and complaints which the general practitioner is called on to take care of in everyday practice. The impression one gets on reading the book is that here are the opinions of a person of experience, unmarked by strong personal bias and characterized by a great deal of good common sense. The author has not described in great detail operations which the general practitioner has no right to do and which he is not called on to do. The one operation on which time is spent is that of tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, and this is eminently proper because, regardless of contrary opinion, most of the tonsillectomies in this country are being done by nonspecialists. The general practitioner interested in diseases of the ear, nose and throat can

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