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June 3, 1950

A History of Oto-Laryngology

JAMA. 1950;143(5):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910400098027

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The authors claim that this is the first history of the specialty of otolaryngology, although they do credit previous works on otology and laryngology, several of which are mentioned. Nevertheless their little volume is a welcome addition to the literature because it covers everything of importance in the origin and development of the specialty. Beginning with the earliest references to diseases of the ear, nose and throat as described in the papyri of Ebers and Smith, they carry the story through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the development of otology as a science, the education of the deaf and the founding of laryngology and otology as they are known today. Many brief biographic sketches add interest to the narrative.

The work represents a great deal of research which has been thoroughly condensed into a volume of minimal size but maximal content. An extensive bibliography and complete index add

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