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As an index of the great importance which at the present time attaches to the practice of a long neglected but now important and respected branch of surgery, we have only to inspect the recent works on the principles and practice of otology.
Not the least of the achievements of this generation of physicians has been the segregation, so to speak, of the great body of medical practice into its component parts, which has become such a distinctive feature of medical progress in our time, and one which is bearing rich fruits for the enjoyment of those who are deserving of them, for specialization in practice has opened up to the physician fields of activity which have long lain fallow.
The history of otology is replete with useful lessons to the thoughtful reader, who cannot fail to find rich profit in its perusal. Regarding its scope, we observe at once