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If research is curiosity systematized, then all that can be taught is the system; curiosity is innate. It is also universal and may be inhibited or fostered by one's environment. For those who not only enjoy but thrive on discovery, a questioning, investigative way of life is not a luxury, it is a necessity. And an intellectually challenging atmosphere of inquiry, enlightened discussion, and insightful conceptualization is a vital part of that life.
It stands without question that the future directions of our speciality will be shaped by the research activities ongoing or in embryonic form today. Or, they will fall behind if our research effort continues to dwindle, as it has for the past ten years. Therefore, it is incumbent on the leaders in our field both to promote and to provide direction for the investigative activities in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Three interrelated aspects of this charge are
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