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June 1985

Ultrastructural Atlas of the Inner Ear

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Minneapolis

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(6):420. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800080106029

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Abstract

I enjoyed reviewing this book edited and authored by Imrich Friedmann and John Ballantyne. Both are worthy to pull together such an atlas, and I believe they did a marvelous job.

The first chapter by Ballantyne describes the history of electron microscopy in the field of otology. He identifies Engstrom and his first pupil-associate, Wersäll, along with Schostrand, as publishing the first electron microscopic study of the inner ear, in 1953. He then credits Lim, electron microscopic student of Kimura, who in turn was the student of Wersäll, with publishing the first scanning electron microscopic (SEM) studies of the mammalian inner ear in 1969 in two separate publications. It is important to keep historical perspectives straight, not only to understand the evolution of the field of electron microscopy of the labyrinth, but also for practical reasons.

The authors/editors selected appropriate world-recognized experts in electron microscopy to contribute chapters to the

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