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March 1996

Critical Periods, Critical Time: The Centrality of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(3):234-236. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890150012002

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Abstract

The following is the Presidential Address read before the annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, May 1995, in Durango, Colo.

Fellow members, colleagues, friends, and guests, it is a pleasure and privilege to serve as President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Each of us has arrived at pediatric otolaryngology through a different path; we have all been enriched by diverse experiences; and we all are aware of the significance of our daily work in the care, cure, and prevention of the diseases encompassed by the extensive field of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and communication disorders as applied to the developing person: the practice of pediatric otolaryngology. The optimal development of communication skills as assessed by the linguistic competence of a person is a fundamental responsibility of our field. The special sensory ontogeny of each person—each of our patients—confers a uniqueness to our work that

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