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Comment & Response
May 2, 2019

Importance of Maintaining Local Otolaryngology Societies—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(6):585-586. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.1048

In Reply My thanks to Dr Tang for his thoughtful reflection written in response to my essay1 lamenting the dwindling value and ultimate disappearance of our local otolaryngology society. I have heard informally from others that this experience is not unique to Milwaukee.

For decades, Laryngoscope regularly published a “Directory of Otolaryngologic Societies” that listed the current officers and contact information for local, state, national, and international otolaryngology organizations. For example, the July 1966 issue2 included the 59 societies whose secretaries had submitted current information. By July 1996,3 only 21 bothered to submit. The list is no longer published.