Sunday, Oct 18, 1964, will be a historical date for plastic surgery in otolaryngology. At a meeting to be held in Chicago on that date, there will be an amalgamation of the American Otorhinologic Society for Plastic Surgery and The American Society of Facial Plastic Surgery into one new organization—The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
This move is generally conceded to be long overdue; the pity is that it did not occur sooner—so much valuable time has been wasted.
Although the American Board of Otolaryngology has long required that candidates for examination be trained in maxillofacial surgery, the societies devoted to plastic surgery were never in the mainstream of organizational otolaryngology, although one of them (the Otorhinologic Society) had received official recognition from the American Medical Association.
The two organizations have made great contributions against large odds, and the fact that the new society appears to be
LAWRENCE M. Plastic Surgery in Otolaryngology. Arch Otolaryngol. 1964;80(4):365–367. doi:10.1001/archotol.1964.00750040377001
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