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February 1965

MALLEOLOSTAPEDIAL TRANSPOSITION IN MIDDLE EAR SURGERY

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R.P.A.H. Medical Centre 100 Carillon Avenue Newton, NSW, Australia

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(2):219. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050226027

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Abstract

To the Editor: The title "Malleolostapedial Transposition in Middle Ear Surgery" in the Archives of Otolaryngology for July, 1964 (80:38), brought to mind a query that has bothered me for some time. Why malleolo? Many textbooks of otology and anatomy refer to the attachments to the malleus of the anterior and posterior malleolar ligaments. Again, why malleolar? Surely malleolus refers to the ankle. Therefore malleostapedial transposition in the first instance, and mallear or malleal ligaments in the second instance would, in my opinion, be anatomically and etymologically preferable.

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