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August 24, 1889

MARKING AN ERA IN LARYNGOLOGY.The Address of the Chairman of the Section of Laryngology and Otology, delivered at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(8):257-258. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401060005001a

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Gentlemen and Colleagues:—Let us congratulate ourselves that, at last, we, as laryngologiste and otologists, are in position to mark an era in the progressive history of the American Medical Association—an era of good, solid medical sense. I refer to this, the first meeting of the Section of Laryngology and Otology, as a separate and individual body disassociated from the Section of Ophthalmology, in which the two former closely related specialties have thus far in our history played a secondary rôle.

As laryngologists and otologists we have long agreed that, to be an able practitioner in either specialty, one must be a well informed and competent practitioner in both these special branches of medicine; but so far as ophthalmology is concerned, if we except certain catarrhal ophthalmias of a chronic character, there is little call for the constant special skill and daily practice of the laryngologist in the ordinary treatment of

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