I AM deeply appreciative of the honor you have done me by inviting me to be guest of honor of the Section of Otolaryngology of the American Medical Association.
When he invited me, Dr. Simonton told me I had to give a short address of a philosophical rather than a scientific nature. As my interest in the last 20 odd years has been otology and as I have edited a journal for some 25 years, I thought perhaps some remarks on the reporting of results of surgical otologic procedures might be in order.
The reporting of new ideas and new surgical techniques is much to be encouraged if the results are viewed with a regard to the patient's benefit, and reported again after sufficient time has elapsed to indicate whether or not they are permanent. All too frequently, however, the results reported are immediate and no mention is made of
Walsh TE. Reporting of Results. Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(2):214–215. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030216025
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