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June 1959

Tympanoplastic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Santiago, Chile
State University Clinic, Prof. Dr. Anibal Grez, Director.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;69(6):704-711. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730030718007

Introduction  In the constant endeavor to further investigation and study new techniques, the Director of our Clinic wanted tympanoplastic operations to figure in the curriculum. Then the Rector of the State University of Chile became interested and, together with the Dean of the Medical Faculty, made arrangements for me to visit Professor Wullstein's clinic in Würzburg, Germany, where I spent several weeks during 1957 observing 45 operations. With this experience I initiated this type of surgery in Chile, using instruments which I brought for this purpose from Germany, as well as a Zeiss operating microscope. This experience is valuable in pioneering Wullstein's technique in this country.

General Remarks  Tympanoplasty has been revolutionary in ear surgery. Few new techniques have produced such high enthusiasm. Medical journals from all over the world bring papers on the subjects.Penicillin did away with acute mastoiditis and its complications, and ear surgery was required only

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