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Article
September 1961

Does Finger Surgery Improve Hearing Level?

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;74(3):256-261. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740030263005
Abstract

The term "finger surgery" refers to digital reconstruction of the Eustachian tubes. This procedure is allegedly a painless, constructive, molding process of precision accomplished without "cutting" surgery, thus conserving and normalizing structure and function. It is a technique that was developed, and is performed, by 2 American osteopaths, whom certain publications maintain are the only persons who practice and can pass on the ability to restore Eustachian tubes to their proper form.

Through the media of lay magazines, newspapers, and independently published literature, the 2 finger surgeons claim that most deafness is caused by a disease, deformity, or derangement of the Eustachian tubes which reflexly disturbs the atmospheric pressure within the middle ear and the circulation of blood and lymph to both middle and inner ears so as to finally create disease of these parts. Further, they assert that reconstructing the tubes by digital manipulation removes the cause of deafness

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