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"I just want to smash the malleus with my mallet!"

The ossicles are three small bones within the middle ear: the malleus, incus, and stapes. Other than helping to conduct sound to the inner ear, their primary function is to annoy orthopedic surgeons because the bones[1] are too small to fix.


Dr. Brock Hammersley (Orthopedic Surgery): Those darn bones look like snails!


  1. Bones: An Orthopedic Surgeon's Perspective

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