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Robert Bárány

Nicholas Torok, MD
JAMA. 1980;244(22):2520. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310220022012.
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To the Editor.—  Referring to the remarks in the philatelic column (243:1914, 1980), the relatively short life of Robert Bárány was abound with inventions, discoveries, and groundwork that eventually became known as neurotology. At the same time there were intrigues and controversies that often have been the fate of innovators. It is not possible to condense a colorful life story in a few sentences available in the column assigned to medical stamps, but several errors in the short description by Shampo and Kyle require some correction.The principal teacher of Bárány was Adam Politzer, indeed, who was the head of the Otology Clinic in Vienna and not of Ophthalmology. When Bárány received the Nobel Prize he was a prisoner of war in Siberia and was freed by the intervention of the king of Sweden. He was offered subsequently the headship of the newly established Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic at


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