The experiments about which I am going to speak have already been published. I am sure many of you have read about them in the November 1958 issue of the Laryngoscope.
I must mention in the beginning that most of the credit for carrying out this work goes to Dr. César Fernández and Dr. George Allen. Also, the two student research trainees who were with us during the summer were kept very busy, doing part of the work on this project.
This work was instigated by the rather remarkable finding of Dr. Rosen that in certain cases he was able to restore hearing by creating a fenestra ovalis, or a fenestra in the footplate of the stapes. The fact that he was able to restore hearing by this means, with the incus either absent or present and without mobilization of the stapes, seems to conflict with our previous understanding of
LINDSAY JR. Experimental Stapes Fixation and Fenestra Ovalis. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;71(2):217–223. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.03770020089013
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