Day of the otolaryngologist
September 29 is celebrated every year Day of the otolaryngologist. These doctors are also called ENT doctors or “ear-throat-nose” doctors. Indeed, they specialize in diseases of these human organs, as well as in pathologies of the head and neck.
Otolaryngology began to develop into a separate science in the middle of the 18th century, when the anatomy and physiology of the ears, nose and throat were already thoroughly studied. At the same time, special tools were developed for the study of these organs. Although the first mentions of inflammatory diseases in the upper respiratory tract and organs of hearing were recorded in ancient Egypt and Greece.
- By the way, ENT is an abbreviation that comes from the name “laryngo-otorhinologist”.
Otolaryngologists are usually mentioned at the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, during the period of weakened immunity, when the risk of a cold with all its consequences – a sore throat and a stuffy nose – increases.
Interesting to know:
- The ear and sinuses are connected through the Eustachian tube, and the nose is directly connected to the throat. Therefore, inflammation in the throat or nose can pass to the ears, and vice versa.
- Ears and nose grow throughout life.
- The smallest muscle of the human body is located in the ear, which is only 1 mm in length.
- Our nostrils work in turn – the leading nostril changes every 4 hours.
- Elderly people have a sore throat more often than children.