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Internet Resources in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Michael A. Rothschild, MD; Ron Kuppersmith, MD
JAMA. 1999;281(11):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.281.11.971.
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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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