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December 30, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVII(27):1993-1997. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590270013005

According to Jonathan Wright, Galen was the first to mention the maxillary sinus, but Brengar was the first to describe it. However, the first description of any real value was made by Highmore in 1651 and since then the cavity has borne his name. At the same time he reported a case of suppurative disease of the sinus. Mollinette in 1675 made a crucial incision on the jaw, and with a trephine penetrated the antrum and located an abscess. Meibomius, who died in 1655, invented the operation now known as the Cooper operation. Cooper described his operation in 1717. Jourdain, a Paris dentist, in 1765 reported a method of washing out the antrum through the natural opening. Grooch, an English surgeon, who died in 1780, and John Hunter in his treatise on the human teeth proposed perforating the antrum through its nasal surface. Wright states that in going over the

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