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November 1980

Making a Difference

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(11):659. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790350001001

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Otolaryngologists have engaged in a love affair with professional specialty societies that may be unequalled in terms of intensity and numbers. Arising from a variety of perceived needs, wants, demands, and aspirations, there have sprung forth at least 20 separate dues-supported national organizations striving to fulfill the objectives outlined in their constitutions and bylaws. They present a spectrum of vitality, size, breadth, and depth and, to varying degrees, they educate, stimulate, and represent us as we pursue our individual careers. They all have the ultimate common goal of improving the care we provide to our patients; but, how many of our societies really make a difference? I believe that the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery does.

Founded in 1958, the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery has grown rapidly in numbers and stature. By mutual agreement, the Archives has been the society's official publication organ for more

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