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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
DONALDSON JA. MALLEUS VS MALLEOLUS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(6):641. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050656021
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