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Aural Speculae:
Toynbee

Aural Speculae:
Toynbee

Description : The English otologist Toynbee was probably the first to make an oval‑shaped speculum.

Toynbee pointed out that as the normal ear canal was oval in shape it was illogical to insert a round speculum into an oval hole.

He also felt that the conical shape of Wilde's specula prevented thembeing passed as far as they might be into the ear canal, i.e. they were adequate for the examination of the external portion of the ear but not so good if the examiner desired to see the tympanic membrane.

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