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December 1940


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(6):1111. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660021119018

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To the Editor:—Dr. George B. Wood has drawn my attention to the publication in The Journal of the American Medical Association of the article "Physical Standards Under Selective Service" (Nov. 2, 1940), in which appears a reference to the determination of deafness malingering by the use of two tests—the Chimani-Moos test and the Erhard test. Neither Dr. Wood nor I had recalled these tests, and it occurs to me that many other experienced otologists are ignorant of them. It would be advisable, then, to publish a description of the tests and, at the same time, to state that it seems strange that the Stenger test (which has long been recognized as the most familiar and efficient test) has been omitted by the military authorities.

These tests are described by Wendell C. Phillips in "Diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat" (F. A. Davis Company, 1919) as follows:

"CHIMANI-MOOS TEST—A large-sized

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