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June 1968

Sir St. Clair Thomson (1859-1943)

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Haslemere, Surrey, England

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(6):667-672. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060669023

IT IS gratifying to find laryngology—with which is included rhinology—given a place in this series. The title is appropriate in placing emphasis on the faculty for teaching and not merely on the operative ability of the particular individual, one reason being that the practice of surgery in this special branch is of relatively recent origin.

Most of the laryngologists of past times were appointed as physicians, and in fact Sir Felix Semon, as an example, was on the staff of St. Thomas's Hospital but was not allowed to perform any operation which entailed an external incision. In choosing an individual from the many available, Sir St. Clair Thomson has been selected for two reasons. First, his outstanding position and international prestige placed great emphasis on his teaching, his views being set out in his textbook, Diseases of the Nose and Throat. Secondly, his particular interest in malig nant disease of

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