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September 1976

Joseph Leidy: His Contributions to Otology

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Human Communication, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Dr Meyers is now at Denver General Hospital, Denver.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(9):576-577. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780140108018

• Few men of science have contributed more to our understanding of the workings of nature than Joseph Leidy. Philosopher, anatomist, paleontologist, botanist, educator, and natural scientist in the purest sense of the word, Leidy's interest in the humanities and in all aspects of nature lent itself to his exact descriptions of new species and unchartered anatomic realms. His insistence on man's acquaintance with nature fostered a humanistic and sensitive approach to life, something that needs more emphasis today.

This communication deals with Leidy's life, his philosophy, and his unique dedication to the study of nature. An appreciation and understanding of his anatomic expertise, particularly of the temporal bone, hopefully will sensitize the modern otologist to the heart and mind of one that preceded him.

(Arch Otolaryngol 102:576-577, 1976)

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