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November 1967


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Research Professor The University of Iowa Iowa City 52240

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(5):599. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050601026

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To the Editor.—Of course, Dr. Whitsell is right: we should pay heed to the correct use of terms. How, otherwise is B to know what A is talking about? Incidentally, the infallible reference is the Nomina Anatomica, on which committees have worked long, wisely, and diligently.

The middle ear (Auris media, cavum tympani) is the drum. Morris' Human Anatomy (12th edition), Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (27th edition), Dorland's Medical Dictionary, and Spalteholz's Hand Atlas of Human Anatomy all contain this abundantly documented piece of information: the tympanic cavity is the ear drum cavity.

Incorrect use of the above mentioned term is matched by careless failure to distinguish between a semicircular canal and the contained semicircular duct, and, of course, there are other examples.

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