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November 1926

AMERICAN OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Annual Meeting, held in Montreal, Canada, May 31-June 3, 1926

Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;4(5):459-476. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00590010485012

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Abstract

PRESIDENTIALADDRESS. DR. T. J. HARRIS, New York.

In July, 1926, The American Otological Society completed sixty years of existence. The growth of otology in America in the eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries was slow and struggling, as it was also in Europe at this time. Early works on the subject published in America were: "Anatomy of the Human Ear," 1821, by J. C. Saunders, of England, edited by William Price of Philadelphia; "Diseases of the Internal Ear," translated from the French of Saissy, by Nathan R. Smith, of Baltimore, in 1829; and "Diseases of the Ear" by von Troltsch, translated by St. John Roosa, in 1864. These were all works of real scientific value; but at that time there was also an enormous amount of ignorance and quackery connected with the treatment of ear diseases. Even the translator of Von Troltsch supposed that so little professional

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