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December 1957

Effective Antibiotic Therapy

Author Affiliations

Danville, Pa.
From the Department of Otolaryngology and Broncho-Esophagology, The George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital and Foss Clinic, Danville, Pa.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;66(6):714-718. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830300094010

In the Wherry Memorial Lecture, entitled "Res Medica 1956," published in the March-April, 1957, issue of the Transactions of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Arthur Proetz1 made the following statement: "Unquestionably the greatest single advance in medical therapy in the 15 years since Wherry lived-—indeed in the 60 years since Pasteur lived—is the antibiotic in its various forms." In contrast to this statement, it does seem odd that in the list of more than 250 papers presented at the Sixth International Congress of Otolaryngology in Washington in May, 1957, there was only one paper dealing with antibiotic therapy. After consideration of these two facts, one comes up with two ideas. First, either that the principles of antibiotic therapy are clear-cut, well-defined, and hence not worth talking about, or, second, that otolaryngologists simply aren't interested in discussing or knowing what is the best type of antibiotic

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