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There has always been a need for "handbooks" and "outlines" in all specialties. This is especially true of otorhinolaryngology, the more "comprehensive" works on which run to 500 pages and more. In his new edition Dr. Ballenger has rearranged the material and amplified the text. The chapter on laryngeal conditions dependent on "nerves" required reediting, and it was necessary to add a chapter on foreign bodies in the lower airways. The technic of tracheotomy ought to be well rehearsed by every one from time to time, as the operation is a life-saving measure which calls for immediate action. Some four pages are devoted to it in this edition.
The "busy practitioner" has no time for theoretic discussions, and he cannot expect to learn surgical technic from a textbook. Only in an operating room can he apply the knowledge which he has gained from watching other surgeons at work. Dr. Ballenger
A Manual of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;38(1):99. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670040108015
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