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May 1948


Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(5):608-629. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030632005

RHINOPLASTIC SURGERY has now developed to a point where it must move in the direction of physiology1 if its functional results are to keep pace with its esthetic attainments. This objective can be realized only through a closer cooperation between the rhinologic surgeon and the physiologist. Unfortunately, the problem of adjusting physiologic theory to practice is difficult. The physiologist who does not directly observe surgical treatment and its results finds himself at a disadvantage in that he is unable to check his theoretic contributions as applied to surgery. The surgeon, on the other hand, has always been reluctant to accept physiologic opinion on the ground that the experimental process in itself interferes in some measure with the phenomena to be observed. He feels that physiology at best presents a rather fragmentary synthesis, which provides only a more or less approximate understanding of any concrete or specific problem.

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