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Aural Speculae:
Sir Wiliam Wilde

Aural Speculae:
Sir Wiliam Wilde

Description : The Irish aurist, Sir William Wilde‑who was as famous as his son Oscar‑modified Gruber's specula into conical silver tubes 1 2' inches (4 cm) long and inches (1.5 cm) wide at their greater aperture and of varying diameter at the medial end which is placed into the external ear canal.

Wilde commented that specula should be as light as possible, highly polished both inside and outside, with a stout rim or burr around the larger margin for gripping, and with the smaller (medial) aperture well smoothed so as not to irritate the external ear canal on entering.

His specula may also be found in use at the present time.
 

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