Autoinflation: historical highlights and clinical implications.


In 1563, Eustachius first described the tube that came to be named for him. In 1704, Valsalva described the maneuver that bears his name, and in 1836 Deleau became one of the first to advocate infusion of pure air through the eustachian tube using a catheter. Politzer devised his own method for actively inflating the middle ear without using a catheter in… (More)