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September 1951


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1951;54(3):304-307. doi:10.1001/archotol.1951.03750090075006

IT IS twenty-six years since I had my introduction to otolaryngology as intern, or middler, in the Ear, Nose and Throat Ward of the Cook County Hospital. There have been changes in all branches of medicine since that time, but none, it seems to me, have been as great as those which have taken place in our field. Although much of the following is doubtless familiar to you, especially to the older men, it may be helpful to evoke for a little while a picture of otolaryngology as seen through the eyes of a beginner in 1925.

As middler on the service it was my job to care for patients after frontal sinus operations, and there were always two or three such patients around. The operation done was a Killian or a modification by Skillern with a rubber catheter for irrigation projecting from the brow and the nose. The same

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