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September 1965


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(3):327. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010329028

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To the Editor: I would like to give you the background of the conflict I had in 1935 with the Plastic Board of Workmen's Compensation to authorize otorhinolaryngologists to perform reconstructive surgery in their specialty.

At that time the Plastic Board of Workmen's Compensation did not recognize or approve of otolaryngologists doing cosmetic or reconstructive surgery in their specialty. I approached Dr. Conrad Berens regarding his thoughts of the ruling as far as ophthalmologists were concerned. He concurred with me that it was not fair, and that any ear, nose, and throat surgeon or ophthalmologist qualified to do plastic surgery should be authorized by the Plastic Board to render this service in his respective specialty. Needless to say, a long fight ensued. Eventually the rating of plastic surgeon was given to qualified otolaryngologists.

On the first Workmen's Compensation cards, awarded 30 years ago, the code SFM-7 meant that one was

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