Sept 11, 1967

Dizziness and Vertigo: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn


edited by Martin Spector, 299 pp, 91 illus, $17.75, New York and London: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1967.

JAMA. 1967;201(11):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130110123057

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This book is a collaborative effort by contributors from the various specialty fields who deal with dizzy patients. An attempt is made to survey and classify our present knowledge of the vestibular system from the viewpoints of otolaryngology, neurosurgery, neurology, internal medicine, dentistry, allergy, ophthalmology, and psychiatry. The editor has written slightly under half of the chapters in an effort to introduce some cohesion to the varied approaches of the contributors.

The usual attributes and weaknesses that accompany an effort of this nature are evident. The chapters vary from the presentation of excellent basic experimental data to pseudoscientific incongruity. The text is replete with aphorisms, case reports, and conflicting literature citations. Illustrations are frequent and used to maximum advantage in some chapters, while in others they are inconsequential. A strong feature is the excellent list of references at the end of each chapter.

The book fails to achieve the editor's