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April 1987

To Divide Is to Conquer

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Bradenton, Fla

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(4):437. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860040099031

To the Editor.—I cannot agree with you more on your editorial comments1 in the January 1987 issue of the Archives in response to Dr Daniel Pender's2 commentary. I cannot feel more strongly that the strengths of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery lie in the many facets of the specialty, among them otology, head and neck surgery, allergy, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Medicine is becoming fragmented now in a very troubled time, and I feel that any further fragmentation, especially among our specialty, would greatly weaken the field as a whole, as well as the various subspecialties within the field. A good deal of my practice is otology. I do not see any benefit that could be attained from separating it from the whole.

I agree with you that this would only serve to further confuse patients, undermine our specialty in general, and could serve no constructive purpose.

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