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May 1956


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(5):481-512. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830110023005

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Twenty-five Years of Otolaryngology in a University Hospital

This exhibit was designed primarily to indicate the scope of modern otolaryngology. The emphasis is on the contributions to the general subject which have been made in our hospital. It is often said, because the number of simple mastoidectomies has decreased markedly since the advent of antibiotics, the specialty in general has contracted. That this is erroneous is brought out by statistics on page 3. Here it is apparent that simple mastoidectomy even in its heyday constituted only about 5% of operations of the ear, nose, and throat. Furthermore, with three less beds and eight less attending surgeons this hospital has more than doubled the number of operative cases in the last 20 years. Antibiotics have helped, for they permit rapid turnover of patients. The patients can now more easily tolerate the procedures that are shown in the several panels. Previously much

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