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September 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;60(3):265-276. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00720010274001

IN A DISCUSSION of the fenestration operation and its results at the present time, it is extremely gratifying to realize that it is now unnecessary to present evidence or proof of the substantial results that can be obtained with the operation. This is a pleasant contrast to the situation existing 10 or 12 years ago, when the operation and the benefits obtained were viewed with considerable skepticism by a large number of physicians, including many otolaryngologists. If there are skeptics at the present time in medical circles in regard to the value of the fenestration operation, it is a reflection on their progressiveness, for no one who has kept himself informed on the progress and development of this operation can question the substantial results that have been obtained.

While the technical details of the operation have changed somewhat in the past 10 or 12 years, the basic principles have remained

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