Objective: To design a new temporal bone and cadaver head holder, overcoming the drawbacks of the bowl-type holder and other existing holders for dissection, and thereby benefiting training and research on temporal bone surgery. Materials and Methods: We designed and fabricated a novel holder with a horizontal arm that can be connected with an object holder specific for the temporal bone or a three-pin fixture specific for cadaver heads. A separate hand support helps to stabilize the hand during examinations on the temporal bone and skull base. Results: The use of the temporal bone and cadaver head holder by 30 trainees during our temporal bone surgical technique courses held by the Department of Otolaryngology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) worked better than other holders and saved laboratory time. It has become the standard equipment of the Temporal Bone Laboratory of PUMCH. Conclusions: The temporal bone and cadaver head holder we describe is compact, stable and easily adjustable. It offers considerable advantages to trainees.

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