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May 1966

Joseph Toynbee

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(5):498-500. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020500020

JOSEPH Toynbee was born in 1815, the second son of George Toynbee of Heckington, Lincolnshire, an extensive farmer whose family had long been established in that county. He and Sir William Wilde of Dublin are now recognized to be the greatest English-speaking pioneers of otology.

There are many parallels in the careers of the two men. They were born in the same year, and in each case their medical work formed only part of their mental activity. Wilde was a great archaeologist and statistician, so much so that his fame in this respect was and remains greater than his reputation as an otologist. Toynbee was a man of great charm of manner and a connoisseur of the arts, a great part of whose life was devoted to philanthropy and social reform (Fig 1). Like Wilde he was the father of a brilliant son, for Arnold Toynbee before he died

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