"The need to communicate with one's fellows is one of the great hungers of the human heart. We are the custodians of the organs of human communication and as such we have a tremendous responsibility to do our very best. To carry this responsibility we must be interested in the pursuit of excellence." These remarks are from a recent address by Hoople1 on The Pursuit of Excellence and were delivered to the members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology but, in a broader sense, could well be directed to the medical profession at large. True, the otologist is especially a custodian of the organ of hearing and without hearing, speech development is very difficult, but active and intelligent assistance is imperative from all practitioners who treat patients. One aspect of conservation is prevention and often the otologist is consulted only after a hearing defect is discovered or
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