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December 29, 1923

A Practical Handbook of Diseases of the Ear.

JAMA. 1923;81(26):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650260047038

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This is intended for the use of undergraduate medical students, and is more appropriate for this purpose than are the more extensive treatises published on the ear. In one place where he devotes a dozen pages to descriptions of radical mastoid operations, the author seems to have forgotten that his book is written for the instruction of undergraduate students of medicine; that is, for men preparing for the practice of general medicine. Undergraduate students of medicine and general practitioners are not legitimately interested in operative work in special fields and, above all, in such highly technical work as is called for in diagnosing the indications for and in performing the radical mastoid operation. The chapters on examination and the diseases of the external ear, auricle and meatus are the most satisfactory ones, as they should be in this type of textbook. On page 41, the statement that diplacusis is encountered

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