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May 6, 1939

Diseases of the Nose, Throat and Ear

JAMA. 1939;112(18):1859. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800180083042

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This is an excellent textbook, easily read, concise and at the same time complete. According to the preface it was written for undergraduate students and general practitioners. Its objective has been well attained, for in it one finds simplicity of description without loss of necessary detail or accuracy. This is necessary for the nonspecialist who has need of a source book to solve his special problems. There is a minimum of theory and no excess of controversial details concerning treatment. The latter is sensible and in the best spirit of present day otolaryngologic teaching. One may differ with the author about a number of things, such as his rather active treatment of acute sinusitis, for which the displacement method is recommended, though it is not advocated by Proetz, who introduced it; but these are minor matters. The book has numerous pen and ink sketches of disease conditions, anatomic details and

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