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April 1966


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Noorderhaven 7 Groningen, Netherlands

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(4):396. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020398023

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To the Editor: It is with the greatest interest I have read the excellent vignette of Zöllner in the December 1965 Archives about Gustav Killian. It is a wonderful idea of the editor to give these commemorations of the grand masters of our specialty, and Zöllner made it very clear that Killian is one of the greatest.

But he made a slip of the pen at the end of the article. He writes that Killian succeeded in getting the position of professor in Berlin but with the aid of Semon, "who had some influence at the Imperial Court as a physician of Kaiser Frederick III who died of cancer of the larynx."

As a personal friend, I know that Semon never treated Kaiser Frederick. The laryngologist was Morell MacKenzie, who was much criticized by his pupil Semon. Semon had an enormous influence in the world of otorhinolaryngology; he had relations

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