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June 1965


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University Hospitals University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(6):641. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050656021

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The Editorial Board of the Archives invites its readers to submit letters to the Editor, which should be written in a constructive manner. A copy of the letter will be sent to the author(s) of articles commented on, or persons otherwise mentioned, who will be invited to prepare a brief reply, to be published along with the original letter sent to the Editor.

G. E. Shambaugh, MD

To the Editor: Although the question of malleolar versus malleal ligaments was settled in the February issue of the Archives, I thought you would be interested in the origin of the confusion.

According to Henry A. Skinner (The Origin of Medical Terms, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co., 1961), Vesalius was the first person to draw a picture of the malleus in 1543. He used two terms in describing it—malleus meaning hammer, and malleolus meaning little hammer. It is unfortunate that people continued to

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