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September 26, 1977

Auditory System: Clinical and Special Topics

JAMA. 1977;238(13):1413-1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280140091040

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This is the last of a three-volume series dealing with the auditory system in the Handbook of Sensory Physiology. Keidel and Neff deserve credit for merely attempting such a monumental task. To have completed the job is laudatory; to have done it so well is commendable.

Volume V/1 dealt with anatomy and physiology of the ear; V/2 with physiology of the CNS, behavioral studies, and psychoacoustics. This final volume, dealing with clinical and special topics, is cast in the same mold as the first two: scholarly, well-written chapters with extensive bibliographies on topics ranging from sensorineural deafness and loudness recruitment to community response to noise.

Two chapters are devoted to electrical stimulation of the ear, one in man and the other in animals. Blair Simmons' chapter on electrical stimulation of the ear in man is especially timely considering the work of House, Michelson, and others who are now implanting various