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Reflections
December 6, 2018

Whatever Happened to Local Otolaryngology Societies?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Health and Equity (Bioethics and Medical Humanities), Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(2):107-108. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.3290

All are needed by each one; nothing is fair or good alone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was an otolaryngology resident 35 years ago when a viral laryngitis left me incapable of speaking aloud. My mentor, a respected, senior member of our local Milwaukee Society of Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, announced to the audience assembled in the University Club meeting room that, because of my incapacity, he would deliver my presentation in my stead. He gripped the podium and peered at the small crowd of friends, associates, and professional competitors. He knew them all well.

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