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March 9, 1984

Disorders of the Ear: Diagnosis and Management

Author Affiliations

University of California San Francisco

JAMA. 1984;251(10):1341-1342. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340340069036

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This book successfully presents common diseases of the ear in the form of case presentations, which should make it especially appealing to nursing students, recent nursing graduates, and other paramedicals. The case presentation style is used in many nursing school curricula and would be familiar, easy reading for student nurses and recent graduates.

The introductory pages of anatomy and physiology could benefit from better correlation of the text and the diagrams. Some structures mentioned in the text are either not in the diagram or are not labeled. If future editions are forthcoming a little tighter editing would help in this area.

The diseases chosen are well selected to cover the commoner ailments, and the section on differential diagnosis covers related diseases. Knowing that close editing is needed to keep a book down to a manageable size, a few fairly common diseases are omitted. Inclusion of the subjects of "sudden hearing