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To the Editor: In the May, 1964, issue of Archives of Otolaryngology you invited comments on Dr. Izak Fick's method for the treatment of Meniere's disease.
I had the opportunity to visit Dr. Fick in Pretoria, South Africa, in December, 1963, where he permitted me to go through his records of the patients that he had treated with his method, and watch him perform his operation.
In January, 1964, I examined a 42-year-old Puerto Rican male who had been complaining of incapacitating vertigo, tinnitus, fullness in the ear, and a profound hearing loss. He had a five-year history of progression of these symptoms, and in the last few months he was forced to give up his job because of vertigo. The patient has a decreased caloric response on the left and severe neurosensory loss with no response to bone conduction and an air line of 80 to 90 db with
FELIX SHIFFMAN. DR. FICK'S METHOD. Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(1):108. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050113024