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June 11, 1938

Traumatismes de l'oreille. Fractures du rocher—coups de feu de l'oreille, commotions labyrinthiques, expertises en otologie

JAMA. 1938;110(24):2030. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790240054029

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This excellent monograph presents the subject of trauma to the auditory apparatus in detailed, clear and concise fashion. Most of the text is based on the authors' own experience, yet the conclusions are drawn only after due consideration of the opinions of other observers. The subject matter is aptly divided into five sections: (1) trauma to the external ear, the drum and the tympanic cavity; (2) fractures of the auricular skeleton; (3) injury by firearms; (4) commotio labyrinthi, and (5) medicolegal aspects. Thus every phase of the topic is covered. The authors attempt to group the symptoms and diagnostic signs in such a fashion as to make the indications for treatment clear. Yet it is conceded that while this may look well on paper, in actual practice one may find that certain cases overlap and do not readily fall within the given classification. However, the method is a good one

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