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October 1962

Stapes Surgery for Otosclerosis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(4):383-384. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050393018

The book at hand has been designed to meet completely the need of the modern-day otologic surgeon. It meets its requirement in every possible way as it covers the subject of otosclerosis definitively.

In Chapter I is an excellent definition of the disease based on its pathology—most especially its surgical pathology. Here also is presented a view rather new to this reviewer. The idea is offered that otosclerosis is not a single disease but that it constitutes "the waste basket called otosclerosis" because "not all 'otosclerosis' is the same disease." Thus various cases that we call otosclerosis may be the end-products of totally different diseases. Your reviewer realized that no single cause—or no cause, whatever, for that matter—for otosclerosis has been found, and that in the search for a prime cause, a number of causes or diseases had been considered. He remembers quite well the concept presented 25 or 30