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June 1948

DIZZINESS AS A PROBLEM IN DIAGNOSIS IN AN ARMY HOSPITAL

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(6):752-764. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030779004
Abstract

THE PATIENT who complains of dizziness presents a serious problem to the physician. The solution of the problem is frequently extremely difficult and requires a thorough study of the patient in order to evaluate the symptom, to locate its origin and to determine its cause when possible. Dizziness may be the only symptom or it may be one of a group of symptoms. It is a sensation or an awareness that is not within the patient's usual experience. This causes great difficulty in describing accurately what is felt. The word "dizziness" is used to cover a wide variety of sensations. Only by careful questioning can a true impression be formed.

Solution of the problem is important, first, because dizziness may be the only symptom of a deep-seated and serious pathologic process and, secondly, because the symptom itself is disabling. The safety of the patient and of those dependent on him

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