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June 1969

Simple Subcortical Mastoidectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(6):912-914. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020914022

IT IS fitting that the first Otolaryngologic Classic be the first major scientific contribution of the leading otologist of this century. At the time of its publication, Julius Lempert was a rather controversial figure. The New York member of the Editorial Board of the AMA Archives of Otolaryngologythreatened to resign if the Editor-in-Chief, George E. Shambaugh, Sr., MD, published the article. To his great credit, however, Dr. Shambaugh evaluated the article himself and felt it was a genuine and original scientific contribution which was worthy of publication even though the author was unknown and the method unorthodox. In gratitude for this vote of confidence, Dr. Lempert accepted the present Editor, George E. Shambaugh, Jr., MD, as his first pupil in 1938, teaching him the technique of fenestration surgery. Even after he was an established leader in otology, Dr. Lempert continued to favor theArchivesfor his subsequent

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