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December 1989

Yellow Professionalism-Reply

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Omaha, Neb
New Haven, Conn

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(12):1481. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860360083026

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In Reply.—The correspondence referred to by Dr Reade and Dr Ratzan in The New England Journal of Medicine reflected substantial agreement with many of the points made by our article in the Archives. Specifically, Dr Reade and Dr Ratzan stated: "We agree that physicians trained in other surgical subspecialties [than general plastic surgery] may be competent to perform certain plastic procedures." They agreed that facial plastic surgeons, trained in otolaryngology, should be able to describe their specialization in facial plastic surgery under an appropriate heading in the yellow pages.

Doctor Reade and Dr Ratzan also noted with "regret" an error in their methodology. Their correspondence was run under the rubric of a "correction." We stand by our more complete study, based on more complete data and corrected methodology, as published in the Archives.

As the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission recently testified before Congress, otolaryngologists provide useful and helpful

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