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November 12, 1949

SOME TRENDS IN OTOLARYNGOLOGYChairman's Address

JAMA. 1949;141(11):749-750. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910110001001
Abstract

Canfield1 stated, "In the years 1935-1940, otolaryngology stood a bit eclipsed by the advent of chemotherapy, the general lack of basic scientific work in the specialty, and the general improvement in the control of infectious diseases which so often found access to the body through the cavities of the head."

Mosher,2 Richards,3 Furstenberg4 and others have emphasized the need for training of otolaryngologists for treatment of parts of the body contiguous with those which now concern them. Many others are also deeply concerned with the limitations of this specialty from various causes. I agree with Richards, "that many changes are taking place in the field of otolaryngology which are becoming of increasingly vital concern to every practitioner of this specialty." This has been especially true since World War II. During the last war the General Surgery Branch was given the responsibility for otolaryngology. This may now

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