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December 3, 1910

The Nasal Spatiometer: A Suggested Name for Dean's Septimeter

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Glen Ridge, N. J.

JAMA. 1910;55(23):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230056024

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To the Editor:—  I have just read with interest an article in The Journal (Nov. 26. 1910, p. 1858) by Dr. L. W. Dean, on "Changes in the Nose After Widening the Palatal Arch." It seems to me that Dr. Dean would attract more attention to his septimeter and to his particular line of investigation were he to give his instrument another name. There are septometers on the market. In fact, I described a nasal septometer in the New York Medical Journal, July 13, 1901. A nasal septometer is an instrument devised to measure the nasal septum, its thickness at any point. Dr. Dean's instrument was designed to measure, not the septum, but the distance between the septum and the turbinate bone; it might just as well be called a turbinometer. Now were he to name his instrument a "nasal spatiometer" he would more definitely describe the use Of his

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