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Research in otology has always been characterized by a high degree of specialization, particularly in the fields of anatomy and pathology, and well before the end of World War I the claim that special provisions were needed to meet its requirements had received wide support.
This claim attained recognition in the establishment of special centers, such as the otologic laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and the Ferens Institute at the Middlesex Hospital, London, and has since been abundantly justified by the results achieved.
During the present war, structural damage has compelled the closing of the Ferens Institute, and otologic research in Britain has had of necessity to confine itself in the main to problems directly connected with the needs of the fighting forces.
The administrative control of clinical material which is possible under service conditions exceeds in some ways the control attainable in civilian life, an advantage which