To the Editor:--Sood et al. ascribe the first description of the esophageal detector to Wee. 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. 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.