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May 2, 1959

The Middle Ear

JAMA. 1959;170(1):134. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010010136029

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This book is timely, because the middle ear has assumed increasing importance in recent years as new operations have been devised to deal with the problem of hearing loss in both suppurative and nonsuppurative states. Untimely, however, was the sudden death of the author, in 1957, before the completion of this work. He had pioneered in demonstrating the acoustic vibrations of the eardrum and ossicular chain by means of stroboscopic cinematography. His "staging" of these highly successful films revealed him to be a master showman as well as an outstanding educator. Such observations and his knowledge of the subject in general form the basis of his contributions, mainly to the first part, discussing the middle ear in health and disease. Alvar Wilka and J. E. Fournier also contributed to this part. The second part deals with treatment. Dr. John R. Lindsay, who also wrote the foreword, discusses otosclerosis and fenestration;

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