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September 1980

Names, Change, and Truth

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(9):521. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790330001001

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Abstract

At a time when few things are called by their right name—when it is against the Spirit of the Time even to hint that an act may entail consequences—you are going to join a profession in which you will be paid for telling a man the truth, and every departure you make from the truth you will make as a concession to man's bodily weakness, and not to your own mental weakness.

RUDYARD KIPLING

A Doctor's Work

Address to the students at London's Middlesex Hospital, October 1908

IT seems that the time has come for substantive discussion, debate, and a decision regarding the issue of the most appropriate name for our specialty. We shall hear a great deal of the pros and cons of this issue, and on the following pages, we have invited a guest editorial for each position.

Surveys of otolaryngologists conducted in past years seem to show

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