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June 1, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;70(22):1625-1626. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600220047020

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 13, 1918, in an editorial entitled "The Bárány Tests in the Examination of Aviators," you apparently set the seal of "editorial" approval to what seems to be a misrepresentation of the object and value of the Bárány tests in the examination of prospective aviators for the United States Army. The editorial was apparently based on conclusions drawn from several contributions which have recently appeared in medical literature; two of them, one by Dr. Fridenberg and the other by Surgeons Parsons and Segar, appeared in The Journal, April 6 and 13, respectively.The portion of Fridenberg's article which you quote as authority, "It has been generally assumed that a normal labyrinth is sine qua non and the only essential for equilibration," is most unfortunate—unfortunate, because untrue. Through discussions with medical men and the perusal of literature generally, I am not aware that any such

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