New book marks ENT’s 130 years at the U

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A new book, Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota: 1888–2018, chronicles the history of ear, nose, and throat medicine and surgery and celebrates the specialty’s 130-year history at the U of M — an anniversary that coincided with the Medical School’s founding in the same year.

The book describes the evolution of the specialty and the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, highlighting the program’s rise to regional and national prominence. It was edited by ENT specialist Kent Wilson, M.D. (a 1966 graduate of the Medical School), with assistance from Robert Maisel, M.D. (1967), and Thomas Christiansen, M.D. (resident alumnus, 1974).

What began as a specialty devoted to the health of eyes, ears, noses, and throats now includes expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, and neurotology.  

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Published on April 3, 2019