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January 1966

Otolaryngology as Influenced by Progress

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From the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(1):47-52. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020049013

PROGRESS heralds hazards as well as rewards. The opening and enlarging of new frontiers bring new problems into focus. Otolaryngologists in particular and physicians in general are faced by many natural and physical challenges. As man strives to overcome conditions engendered by his environment, the air he breaths, his mode of living, his methods of transportation, by what he eats, drinks, or what he smokes, new situations are brought about, and additional emotional and physical states are created. Newer pharmaceutical agents, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts and instrumentarium, as well as the response of the physician to the rapid change in the modern socioeconomic order, all have a profound effect upon the practice of medicine.

F. M. Anderson recently presented a modern version of Hippocrates' admonition, "The aim of the physician should be to do good to his patient, or at least, to do no harm," by stating that "We are

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