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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Laryngology and voice

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Web Publication7-Feb-2011

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Robert Sataloff
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-9748.76127

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Sataloff R. Laryngology and voice. J Laryngol Voice 2011;1:1

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Sataloff R. Laryngology and voice. J Laryngol Voice [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Jan 21];1:1. Available from: https://www.laryngologyandvoice.org/text.asp?2011/1/1/1/76127

The launch of the 'Journal of Laryngology and Voice' is a milestone in the evolution of laryngology, particularly in India, where this journal is published. Laryngology and voice care began evolving into a subspecialty of otolaryngology in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over the next three decades, it has become established as a subspecialty. New knowledge in anatomy, physiology, diagnosis and treatment have altered our understanding of phonation and changed the standard of clinical care for voice patients throughout the world. Yet, our knowledge remains rudimentary. The search for further advances makes our field particularly vital and exciting. The 'Journal of Laryngology and Voice' will join established journals such as the 'Journal of Voice' and 'Folia Phoniatrica', in helping to promulgate the latest concepts, and to inspire continued research.

Every clinician who cares for patients with voice disorders has the potential to contribute to our growing knowledge base. Research is not just for academicians. This philosophy has been reviewed more comprehensively elsewhere; [1] however, it is important for laryngologists to remember that each of us has insights and questions that offer the potential for important contributions.

Every laryngologist sees patients that he/she does not know how to treat optimally. If we simply accept that we cannot help everybody, we contribute little to the field; and our practice over a lifetime will not be nearly as exhilarating as it might be otherwise. However, if we remain steadfastly bothered by our limitations, then we are obligated to try to figure out what we need to know in order to be able to help future patients with the same problem. Defining the question that will lead us toward that goal is the essence of clinical research. Solving our most pressing problems does not necessarily require university resources. All we need is a patient base, curiosity, and imagination. We can combine these with literature research, advice from medical school mentors, and (if necessary) even basic science research. That too, need not be as daunting as it sounds. Many clinicians practice near colleges or universities that have biology and chemistry laboratories, or at least near hospitals with pathology laboratories. Colleagues at such institutions are usually delighted to have a physician collaborator. Throughout the history of otolaryngology, many of our advances have come from private practitioners (for example, the neurotologists at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles); and laryngologists in any practice setting have the same potential to advance knowledge in our field.

The 'Journal of Laryngology and Voice' will add to the growing number of distinguished, peer-reviewed venues for physicians interested in sharing their insights. All of us should welcome this new journal as an important addition to scholarship in laryngology and voice; and any clinician and/or scientists involved in voice care should be encouraged to turn his/her curiosity about many unknown aspects of our field into publications that will leave laryngology and voice care better when we retire than when we entered practice.

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1.Sataloff RT. The Academic Practice of Otolaryngology: Philosophical and Practical Perspectives. Annals Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2006;115:403-7.  Back to cited text no. 1


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