It has been traditional for the Secretary of the Section on Laryngology, Otology, and Rhinology of the American Medical Association to be the guardian of the historic and official gavels of the Section. When I was honored to assume this office a few years ago, I continued this tradition. There were 2 gavels, joined by a chain. Engraved on silver bands on the gavels were the names of the past Chairmen of the Section. Each year, again maintaining tradition, I have had additional silver bands added to the most recent gavel, appropriately listing the Chairman of the year.
Deciding to determine something about the origin of these gavels, I checked back through many of the old issues of The Journal of the American Medical Association. On the older of the two gavels was this notation:
Presented to the Section on Laryngology and Otology of the American Medical Association by Wendell
HECK WE. The Historic Gavels: A Chronology of the Section on Laryngology, Otology, and Rhinology. Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(5):465–467. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040476016
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