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January 25, 1941

Hearing and Equilibrium

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By H. Macnaughton-Jones, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., Clinical Assistant, Ear and Throat Department, North London Hospital, London. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 128, with 48 illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1940.

JAMA. 1941;116(4):353. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820040087032

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This treatise on the physics and the physiology of the ear is a welcome contribution to our literature. It is couched in terms which make comprehensible obtuse mathematical language to the otologist. It clarifies the working of natural laws in physics and explains phenomena difficult to visualize. It renews interest in how we hear and how we maintain balance or equilibrium.

The author's approach to the problems concerned is somewhat revolutionary and, as he expects, will be met with opposition. Time for study and consideration of the ideas the author advances will have to elapse before his views and presently held theories and principles are reconciled. The new concepts he advances too will engage serious study. At least here is presented a fresh outlook on problems with which otology is preoccupied.

The author sets out to prove that the configuration of the external auditory canal, the structure of the membrana

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