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July 12, 1958

Vertigo and Dizziness

JAMA. 1958;167(11):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990280129034

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Vertigo or dizziness touches all fields of medical practice. It constitutes a problem commonly encountered by the general practitioner, otologist, internist, and neurologist. The author maintains that vertigo lends itself to logical analysis, although it is often difficult to treat, largely because the nature of the underlying mechanism is not always clear despite several current hypotheses. Vertigo develops as the result of different mechanisms, operating from widely separated areas and from a large number of causes. With these limitations, this small book provides a competent, lucidly presented introduction to the anatomic and physiological basis of vertigo, the mechanisms responsible for its production, symptoms and signs, causes, diagnosis, and treatment. The references are selective and largely clinical in nature. This book is recommended as a valuable addition to any busy clinician's library.

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