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I T IS far from easy to retrace here the life of the creator of "fenestration." Maurice Sourdille was a man with a lively, creative intelligence, a complex character with boundless energy.
The fact that his name will remain as one of the greatest in our field is simple to explain: it was he who, for the first time, succeeded in permanently restoring hearing to an otosclerosed patient after an operation on the semicircular external canal. This achievement, simple as it seems, required constant and systematic effort during the 12 years following the end of World War I.
It is true that others had already used various surgical processes to improve hearing, but before him no one had succeeded in restoring a social and permanent audition by the opening of the posterior labyrinth. It was only by unremitting toil that he obtained this result. It was due to his extraordinary
SHAMBAUGH GE. Prof Maurice Sourdille. Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(2):224–228. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030226019