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September 21, 1957

Practical Otolaryngology

JAMA. 1957;165(3):309. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980210105026

The intent of this book is to serve as a source of reference for the general practitioner for common ear, nose, and throat conditions. It is difficult for any author to decide what to include and what to exclude in this type of work and for this type of audience. Unfortunately, there is an uninhibited tendency among many specialists addressing themselves to nonspecialists to "write down" to this group, somehow assuming that oversimplification is a desirable diet. Actually, it is much more difficult to write for nonspecialists than for one's specialistic peers. Viewed from this vantage, the book is unevenly organized and disappointing, especially since the author is known for his distinguished experimental studies on pain and headache in association with the nasal and paranasal structures. Oddly enough, he deals most inadequately with so common a subject as headaches and devotes only two terse paragraphs to external otitis, a disease

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