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Society Transactions
January 1943


Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(1):121-143. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030128011

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President's Address: The Early Development of the Teaching of Otology in Europe and America.Dr. Ernest M. Seydell, Wichita, Kan.  On July 22, 1868, seventeen members of the American Ophthalmological Society organized the American Otological Society. One hundred years ago Otology did not have a respectable standing. John Abernathy at the height of his fame refused to sanction the opening of a hospital for patients with diseases of the eyes and ears in London. Thirty-two years ago the otolaryngologist was just another spray bottle doctor.The first record of the introduction of otology was made in 1861 at the Allgemeinen Krankenhaus in Vienna. By 1878 fourteen German universities had courses and clinics in otology, which by 1911 were made obligatory.Instruction in otology was first given at Dartmouth Medical School in 1824, at Jefferson Medical College in 1827, at the medical school of Columbia University in 1841, at that of