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July 23, 1927


Author Affiliations

From the laryngologic services of Riverside Hospital, Sydenham Hospital (service of Dr. Danziger), Harlem Hospital (service of Dr. Hubby), and Bronx Hospital (service of Dr. Ballin).

JAMA. 1927;89(4):263-268. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690040003002

This is unquestionably the era of the research worker. There is a demand for greater enlightenment and more accurate information on the various baffling medical questions, and modern laboratory methods bid fair to fulfil at least part of these expectations. For these reasons the medical profession has come to look to the laboratory, instead of to the clinician, for a solution of its problems. It is therefore with a certain feeling of timidity that I present this well known clinical entity for discussion. At the same time, because of this attitude, our medical literature shows a comparative paucity of topics pertaining to everyday practical problems.

Has any one a right to add to the burden of medical literature when nothing new can be contributed toward a knowledge of the subject? If the practitioner can find the desired information in almost any recent standard textbook, should he be burdened with additional