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August 1961

A Tribute to Adam Politzer

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;74(2):130-133. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740030135002

History is the most fundamental science; for there is no human knowledge which could maintain its scientific character when its possessors forget under which it arose or lose sight of the people who encouraged its budding. By creating a trend for the future, the Past becomes a factor of the Present, and it is an organic element of the future human progress.—Claudius F. Mayer

We can sadly recall that the man who laid the foundations of scientific otology died 40 years ago (August 10, 1920), but we also recall in 1960 that Adam Politzer was born 125 years ago and for these many years had indelibly left his mark on the world as the Father of Modern Scientific Otology. It may be said that no other aural specialist did so much original work or attained such a position of authority as did this Viennese professor, who, while slight in stature,

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