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February 1969

Question and Answer Period

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois College of Medicine (emeritus).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):243-249. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020245006

Francis L. Lederer, MD, Chicago, Chairman: Before we got into this question and answer period, Professor Hamberger would like to make a statement.

Carl-Axel Hamberger, MD, Stockholm: When I heard the very interesting round table discussion about selection of closed vs open technique for cholesteatoma, I remembered a discussion in Stockholm in 1934 or 1935 about exactly the same thing. It was by Robert Barany, Nobel Prize winner in 1914. He was at that time professor of otology in Upsala, Sweden. He had used this closed technique during the 1920's and beginning 1930's. He said during this discussion together with Holmgren that he had very few recurrences of cholesteatoma. I might say that we have operated upon all of these cases afterwards; therefore, we could see recurrences in nearly 100%, but you see, we operated upon them, I would say, 10, 14, 15 years afterwards, so you have to wait

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