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October 1981

Research in Otolaryngology: Who Needs It?

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(10):589. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790460001001

Research enhances the vitality of teaching, Teaching lifts the standards of service, and Service opens new avenues of investigation.

It seems a basic point to make, but let us begin by stating that the research of the 1960s and 1970s is the scientific foundation for the practice of otolaryngology today. It follows, then, that the research efforts of the 1980s and 1990s will shape the character of patient care for this specialty for the next three decades.

Research, distilled to its basic core, is a series of questions and answers proceeding in a logical sequence during time. The answers, by practical application, become the keys to open doors that have been locked to us. The doors that must be opened confront us daily in the form of the complex pathophysiological problems presented by our patients.

An element of our work of this importance deserves periodic examination and reporting. Thus, what