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July 1941

DOES HEAT CREATED BY THE DULL DENTAL BURR DURING LABYRINTHINE FENESTRATION INHIBIT OSTEOGENESIS?

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;34(1):121-124. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660040131013
Abstract

During the past two and a half years the surgical treatment of deafness has attracted worldwide attention. Monumental work has been recorded by Holmgren, of Sweden, Sourdille, of Paris, and Lempert, of this country.

In recent months the operation for otosclerosis has been so frequently described that another description of the procedure would be pointless.

The principle of the operation is fenestration of the labyrinth. The despair in connection with it is the closure of the fenestra.

The technical problem of fenestration of the external semicircular canal is practically solved so far as the fenestra is concerned. It is irrelevant whether the scraping method of Holmgren is employed or whether the Lempert method using the electric dental drill with a dull polishing dental burr is followed. It is not the mechanics of the formation of a fenestra that baffles the otologist; it is the osteogenesis and the closure of the

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