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October 1964


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University of Illinois at the Medical Center 1853 W Polk St Chicago 60612

Arch Otolaryngol. 1964;80(4):475-476. doi:10.1001/archotol.1964.00750040487021

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To the Editor: In your editorial you welcomed comment on Dr. Fick's article in the May issue of the Archives. First of all I welcomed your thoughts and suggestions about placebo surgery.

At the meeting of the Barany Society in Uppsala in 1963, one session was devoted to the problems of Meniere's disease. Jongkees, in an excellent paper, discussed the medical treatment of the disease and reached the conclusion, shared by many, that various medical treatments might be considered as placebo therapy. Other presentations followed, discussing the surgical aspects of treatment by Cawthorne, Arslan, Angel James, Portmann, and others. They provided more statistics of a limited number of cures, a greater number of improvements of varying degrees, and a fraction of failures.

In viewing these statistics of surgical results and those obtained by a variety of medical treatments, I ventured to express my feelings—that as long as most of us

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