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January 1940


Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;31(1):207-228. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660010208020

Otologic Adspice: President's Address. Dr. Isidore Friesner, New York.  The title is taken from the seal of the College of the City of New York, which presents a woman's head looking backward, "Respice"; outward, "Adspice," and forward, "Prospice." If one bases one's judgment soundly on the past and looks honestly at the present, one can view the future with hope and equanimity.In every field a review of accomplishment, an evaluation of facts and a basis for their application are essential. In business this is called taking stock or inventory, perhaps to calculate pecuniary profit. In medicine the object is to prevent, ameliorate or cure the ills of others. This alone argues that medicine is not a business.In discussing recent accomplishments in their field, otologists must include related ones in the general field of medicine and science.Knowledge of the minute anatomy of the temporal bone has become more