As in other fields of medicine,
the Internet has provided useful resources to both otolaryngologists
and their patients. Otolaryngology sites appeal to a wide variety of
patients and primary care physicians, as well as to clinicians working
in the specialty.
Diseases of the head and neck may be life threatening (squamous cell
carcinoma), congenital (cleft palate), chronic and debilitating
(papilloma), or interfere with communication abilities (deafness or
laryngectomy). Some of the most common conditions of children and
adults—otitis, sinusitis, and pharyngitis—are in the realm of
otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. These acute and chronic
illnesses are responsible for a large portion of national health care
expenditures and lost time from work or school.1
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