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This is an abundantly and attractively illustrated book of 109 pages of text, five pages of bibliography and three pages of subject index written by the originator of the stainless steel wire stapes prosthesis. The history of surgery for otosclerosis is reviewed quite briefly, with the histopathology of the otosclerotic bone lesion as it affects the stapes producing a conductive hearing impairment. Of particular interest are a series of animal (cat) experimental stapedectomies, with their application to the human operation. The foreign body reaction incited by the polyethylene tube prosthesis accounts for the resorption of the tip of the incus commonly seen years after an initially successful operation and has led to abandonment of this method. Perilymph fistulas developed in two animals after a fat and wire prosthesis and persisted for three and nine months, the animals eventually dying from suppurative labyrinthitis and meningitis. The application to the human operation
SHAMBAUGH GE. Stapedectomy. Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(3):287–288. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080429025