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September 1938


Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(3):462-493. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040471015

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President'S Address. Dr. John F. Barnhill, Miami, Beach, Fla.  For the sixtieth time the president of the American Laryngological Association says "Thank you for the honor." The period from Elsberg to Chamberlain covers the entire history of laryngology. County seats have more practicing laryngologists today than the largest city when Elsberg held the gavel. There are now thousands of otolaryngologists in Canada and the United States, collectively. This society, the oldest organization, limits its membership to one hundred. It has a high standard. "Too high?" some have asked. Is it possible that out of all the thousands of otolaryngologists, there are but one hundred qualified to meet the standard set by this organization? Is it too exclusive? Does the requirement dampen the ambition of many worthy, high class laryngologists? Is this exclusiveness that is practiced good for the American Laryngological Association itself? Some think it is not.The question of

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