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September 1980

It Is Time for A Meaningful Name Change

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Los Angeles

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(9):522. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790330002002

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It is normal human behavior to hold onto that which has become comfortable. The old favorite suit or comfortable pair of shoes are kept long beyond the time they are serviceable. Tradition makes us feel secure and is therefore important; nevertheless, change is an inevitable fact of life. Dramatic progress and changes have taken place in medicine during the past 50 years. This is particularly true in otolaryngology, the branch of medicine traditionally concerned with treating disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. The magnitude of change is at least equal to and probably greater than that of any other medical specialty.

Otolaryngology has extended its boundaries to incorporate all aspects of surgery of the head and neck, delicate microsurgery as well as radical cancer surgery of this region of the body. These boundaries include laser surgery of the tracheobronchial tree, the medical areas of immunology and allergy that involve

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