To the Editor:--Sood et al. ascribe the first description of the esophageal detector to Wee. [1]This is not correct. Wee was an independent reinventor, the namegiver of the "esophageal detector device," and the first to publish a formal study on this issue. [2]But the first description of the syringe test was by Pollard 8 yr earlier.* Pollard and Wee agreed on these facts in the correspondence section of Anesthesia. [3,4].

Wolfgang H. Maleck, Resident in Anesthesiology, Klinikum Ludwigshafen, D-67063 Ludwigshafen, Germany.

(Accepted for publication April 13, 1995.)

* Pollard BJ: A test to verify accurate placement of an endotracheal tube. World Congress of Anaesthesiology, Amsterdam, Excerpta Medica, 1980; Abstract 1112.


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