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May 8, 1897

AN EFFICIENT AND INEXPENSIVE INSTRUMENT FOR THE REMOVAL OF EAR WAX.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(19):908. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440190021029a

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Abstract

Many years ago from a piece of iron wire heated at one end, flattened, and then twisted half a revolution, cooled quickly, and sharpened near its point, I hastily constructed a most efficient ear wax remover. It still continues to be the most suitable instrument for the rapid removal of inspissated cerumen with which I am acquainted. After repeated requests of the students of Rush Medical College I have had Messrs. Sharp & Smith copy my old instrument—a cut of which is herewith presented and its dimensions given. They have made one instrument blunt-pointed for the removal of softened wax, and one with a cutting edge of three millimeters length at the inner lip or edge of the instrument. This is used where the wax is of greater density and the plug is readily tunneled and removed piecemeal or extracted in one lump if too hard too be broken down.

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