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Pneumatic Ear Speculum of Seigle

Pneumatic Ear Speculum of Seigle

Description : Siegle (1864) introduced his pneumatic speculum, which consisted of a means of sealing an ordinary aural speculum by glass and a method for alternately applying suction and pressure to the enclosed ear canal and tympanic membrane. In terms of historical accuracy, this technique had been foreshadowed by Nicolet, a famous Florentine physician, who wrote of one Simeon Seth, who inserted silver or metal tubes tightly into the external canal and sucked upon them in cases of deafness. Simeon was probably a Byzantine physician of the l1th century.

(from Adam Politzer 1883 "Diseases of the ear").

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