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December 1969

The Doctor of Medicine and the Doctor of Philosophy

Author Affiliations

From the Laboratory of Sensory Sciences, the University ot Hawaii, Honolulu.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(6):687-689. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030689003

JULIUS Lempert was an outstanding man. His achievement in otological surgery transformed the dull field of otology of 1930 into something exciting and successful. The new methods and their results are clearly described by his colleagues in this issue. But, unfortunately, any history tends to simplify the past. So it happens that the achievements of one man during his whole lifetime are attached to one specific issue. It is this approach to history which gives the impression that one man achieves only one important thing in his life and that it is extremely difficult to have two important discoveries made by one man.

I find, to the contrary, that if somebody was excellent in one field, in general he produced something important in neighboring fields also. And sometimes it even happens that the side issue of his life's work is perhaps longer-lasting and more important than the goal originally set.

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