Professor Herbert Birkett delivered his Semon Lecture on the 12th of July 1922. This lecture gives a very comprehensive account of the history of rhino-laryngology in America from 1855 until 1921. It details all of the major players in the field between these time points and the advances made it technique, technology and teaching.
Herbert Birkett was born in 1864 in Ontario, Canada, and was later schooled in England. During his impressive career, he was President of a number of societies, including the American Laryngological Association, and also served eight years as the Dean of the Medical Faculty of McGill University.