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March 1972


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Acting Head of Otolaryngology University of British Columbia Vancouver General Hospital University of British Columbia Vancouver 9, Canada

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(3):284. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080426020

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To the Editor.—I would like to congratulate Dr. R. C. Reynolds on the editorial "Otolaryngology and Family Practice" which appeared in the October 1971 issue of the Archives.

The suggested approach of integrating otolaryngology in the training of family practitioners deserves our unanimous support. The results of such a program would give the patient better primary care, the practitioner more satisfaction, and perhaps improve the image of our own specialty.

In particular may I draw attention to the remark that otolaryngology is not primarily a surgical specialty, but that most ENT disease is medical in nature. It seems a pity that this self-evident truth is not more appreciated by those involved in resident training. Perhaps, judging from the content of our journals it is not recognized by the editorial staff as well.

It would seem that most resident training schemes are largely surgically orientated. The "good" residency involves an

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