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January 1948


Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(1):72-102. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030079011

THE LITERATURE of 1946 reveals the following trends: (1) less emphasis on surgical procedures, (2) increasing interest in the role of allergy and (3) widespread use of the antibiotics.

It is apparent that rhinologists are becoming more interested in the patient as a whole, widening their horizon beyond the narrow field of the nose and its accessory cavities. This is a healthy sign and should do much to overcome the ill repute into which the specialty had fallen by reason of the indiscriminate and widespread practice of surgery which was observable in certain quarters.

ANATOMY. PHYSIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY AND BACTERIOLOGY  Anatomy.—Giuseppe1 presents an extensive study of metopism (persistence of the median frontal suture), based on roentgenologic examination in numerous cases as well as on examination of a number of skulls. Persistence of the fetal suture was found to be associated with agenesis of the frontal sinuses in the vast majority of

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