June 12, 2017

Ancient Maori Technique of Eardrum Perforation Repairs - Chicken Bone and Cobwebs

New Zealand ENT Dr. David Grayson alerted me via Twitter to the interesting factoid that the Maori (indigenous Polynesians of New Zealand) were performing eardrum perforation repairs using a technique that is startlingly similar to the way eardrum repairs today are performed. Of course, we currently use instruments better than a chicken bone and spider cobwebs.

Read the description!

This description was documented by Sir Patrick Eisdell Moore (1918-2015).

The first video shows actual surgical footage. The second is just animation.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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