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Dr Shambaugh was a friend, a confidant, and teacher to many of us. He was always available for consultation, and for discussing old and new ideas.
He was known to all of us as the major otologic surgery innovator ever since he introduced the microscope to ear surgery in the United States. He made many other technological innovations. In addition to being the chairman of the department of otolaryngology at Northwestern University Medical School, he was the editor of the Archives of Otolaryngology. He made numerous scientific contributions. He was famous for his Shambaugh: Surgery of the Ear textbook. He also chaired the International Surgery of the Ear Symposium every 4 years.
Dr Shambaugh was always open to new ideas and concepts. He made a major contribution to the allergic aspects of inner ear pathology, recommended the use of histamine for the treatment of fluctuating hearing loss, and was very involved in the introduction of the concept of calcium and fluoride in the pathophysiology of otosclerosis.
Dr Shambaugh truly epitomized what great physicians have been and should continue to be. He was a caring, knowledgeable physician who was great scientist. He was a thinking person who always delivered superior health care to patients in the manner in which we would all like to be treated. Dr Shambaugh truly exemplified what has been and continues to be excellence in American medicine.
He is already missed, and will continue to be missed, by all of us who knew him so well and respected him as a friend and teacher.
Johns ME. Dr George Shambaugh, Jr: What a Role Model—Physician, Teacher, Scientist, Innovator. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;125(5):459–495. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.5.495
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