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The history of the excision of the membrana tympani and ossicles has been brought to the notice of the profession so frequently, that a repetition of these familiar facts would prove tiresome and uninteresting. We should, however, mention the fact that Kessel in 1875, Lueke in 1880, and Schwartze before 1885 performed this operation for the relief of deafness; while great credit is due to Sexton, who in 1886, by his courage and skill brought before the American medical world the results of his numerous operations for the cure of chronic aural discharges; and later for the relief of deafness. It was Sexton, therefore, who first proposed this operation, and performed excision of the membrana tympani and ossicles, for the cure of discharge from the ear.
Burnett and others, however, soon followed and by publishing their results, did much to establish this formerly condemned operation and bring it to the
SMITH SM. THE CLASS OF CASES IN WHICH WE MAY EXPECT GOOD RESULTS FROM EXCISION OF THE MEMBRANA TYMPANI AND OSSICLES.Read in the Section on Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(23):838–842. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420750008002a
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