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Dr. Weir has built his text mainly on a chronologic-biographic structure and much of it reads like a sequence of file cards being turned over one by one. Nevertheless this is a history that nicely supplements standard histories of medicine, which cannot, of course, go into the details of how otolaryngologic instruments evolved and how treatment methods developed. The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are covered by topical chapters on otology, laryngology, and rhinology; otolarygologic institutions (academic units, societies, and journals) are also given a separate chapter. The bibliographies supporting the chapters would be more readily used if they were
Otolaryngology: An Illustrated History. Ann Intern Med. ;114:609. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-7-609_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(7):609.
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