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To the Editor:
—At a recent convention of otologists a prominent member stated that there was enough work in otology alone to ẃarrant its separation from laryngology and rhinology and that the man who would do good work in the former should refrain from operating in these other fields. As a matter of fact, the majority of otologists, even in large cities, not only attend nose and throat patients, but also give some attention to ophthalmology. In the smaller towns most ophthalmologists are also ear, nose and throat specialists, but otology has become largely a matter of brain surgery. No man is qualified to do a radical mastoid operation who is not a capable surgeon and a capable brain surgeon at that. The exploration of the labyrinth, of the sinuses and the exposure of the dura is the most delicate kind of cerebral surgery. The opening of the frontal and
Ball MV. Specialism. JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):894–895. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090138031
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