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December 1969

Julius Lempert: A Personal Appreciation

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From the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(6):680-686. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030682002

JULIUS Lempert, born in 1890 in czarist Russia, in what is now Poland, was destined, one half century later, to lead the renaissance of otologic surgery and of otology as a science, at the very moment that antibiotics began to remove acute mastoid infections and their dread complications from the surgeon's scalpel to the family doctor's prescription pad.

Nobody who met Julius Lempert could ever forget him, nor will I ever forget the vivid memory of my first meeting with him in April 1946. I was on my way to Chicago for the meeting of the American Triological and Otological Societies and had not intended to visit Lempert. Dr. Gordon Hoople urged me, however, to go and see this controversial figure and to judge for myself, which I did. To paraphrase what a much earlier Julius said about Gaul, "Veni, vidi, vici." I can truly say, "I came, I saw,

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