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January 1930


Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(1):117. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560010127012

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To the Editor.—In the October, 1929 issue of the Archives there appeared an article " A New Operating Attachment for Catheterizing the Eustachian Tube," by Robert M. Colbert of New York. He describes this as a new device which was developed with the assistance of Mr. Reinhold H. Wappler. The principle of this attachment does not differ from ones outlined to Mr. Reinhold H. Wappler in 1926, a description of which has appeared in several publications, including my own communication in the December, 1928 issue of the Archives of Otolaryngology. Dr. Colbert, in his article, claims priority in the development of a combined instrument for catheterizing the eustachian tube under direct vision. This instrument consists of a cannula which can be attached to a nasal pharyngoscope. He states that the instrument was developed by him through the aid of Mr. Wappler during the period of 1921-1923. I have not been

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