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October 1969

A New Idea in Temporal Bone Holders

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(4):526-527. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030528023

IN THE MODERN world of medicine clinical otologists, ear-nose-throat residents, and otologic researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for a suitable device for the holding of temporal bones during such microscopic procedures as: (1) teaching of gross and microstructure anatomy of the temporal bone; (2) instruction in general otomicro surgical procedures; (3) development of new clinical surgical methods; (4) investigation of surgical procedures for experimental research projects employing animal temporal bones; and (5) dissection of temporal bones for the study of inner ear structures utilizing phase-contrast and electron microscopy.

Such a holding device would ideally provide lucid exposure of various structures of the temporal bone, a rigid holding capability, and flexibility of manipulation. In an attempt to achieve these attributes we have developed a contrivance which appears to have come far in the attaining of said goals. This device we are now presenting for review (Fig 1).

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