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March 1994

Dizziness: Etiologic Approach to Management

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(3):229. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540150015002

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A book written by two otolaryngologists with experience in managing 20 000 patients with dizziness would seem to offer considerable help to those of us who are confused in the evaluation and management of these problems. The very extensive reference list at the end of each chapter is helpful. It is, therefore, quite distressing to find that the narrative has no footnotes relating to the reference list at the end of the chapter.

A short chapter on basic mechanisms suffers from problems of editing. Thus, a section on actin, myosin, and hair cells makes no mention of either actin or myosin. The chapter on the objective confirmation of symptoms includes discussion of electronystagmography, rotational testing, posturography, and a brief section extolling the virtues of brain mapping. Brief chapters follow on testing hearing and imaging modalities. The discussion of etiologic diagnosis and treatment would be quite helpful, if there was some

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