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April 29, 1950

Audiology: The Science of Hearing, A Developing Professional Specialty

JAMA. 1950;142(17):1395-1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910350065030

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This little monograph is a beautiful example of the printer's art. Its format, typeface, binding and paper are up to the usual high standards of the publisher. There is, incidentally, ample opportunity to appreciate the paper, because, owing to the arrangement of the material in sixteen chapters on 39 pages and the mechanical necessity of putting in blank pages at the end to make the numbers come out even, there is a remarkably high ratio (almost 1 to 1) of blank space to printed matter.

The text proper consists of about 800 lines of type, an average of 50 lines or 500 words per chapter. There is also a bibliography of 99 items, a foreword and one chart. The author's intention is apparently to indicate the scope of audiology as seen by an otolaryngologist and to point out the large number of different interests and technics that should be represented

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