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The term classic as applied to a text connotes not only originality of concept and perhaps longevity, but most importantly, continued excellence. Changing medical school curricula, changing students needs, and would-be challengers to the title spawned by academia's ever-increasing requisite for publication, necessitate critical evaluation even of the standard bearer.
The concept remains a good one—a text, clearly introductory, with sufficient breadth and detail to establish a solid foundation for the management of the most frequently encountered pathologic conditions. Other topics covered in the book should provide a reference for cogent differential diagnosis. Selected references at the end of each
Textbook of Otolaryngology.. Ann Intern Med. ;97:636–637. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-4-636_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(4):636-637.
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