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Joseph Shanks, M.D.
JAMA. 1952;149(12):1156. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930290078025.
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To the Editor:—  The editorial entitled "The Future of Otolaryngology," which appeared in the April 26 issue of The Journal, page 1508, was a true summary of the information now available in connection with otolaryngological practice today. However, more should have been said about meeting the challenge in spite of gloomy forecasts by some and bright predictions by others. It should be emphasized strongly that there always was, to a certain extent, the medical otolaryngologist whose chief interest lay in local rhinological and otological diseases (now allergic, psychosomatic, and dermatological) and the surgical otolaryngologist who quickly took up plastic surgery, bronchoesophagology, laryngoscopy, and even gastroscopy. Some mastered fenestrations, laryngeal surgery, neck dissection, esophageal surgery, and thyroid and cancer surgery; some also mastered ophthalmology and diseases of the chest.Some of those who still practice the conventional field of otolaryngology, especially in smaller communities, call the surgeons "super-specialists," overlooking the greater


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