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January 1962

Experiments in Hearing.

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By Georg von Békésy. Translated and edited by E. G. Wever. Price, $25. Pp. 755, with 691 figures and illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 West 42d St., New York, 1960.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(1):93-94. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040097011

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I am sure that each reader of this review who has done any serious writing or speaking has had the experience of coming across a passage, a phrase, or a word in the writings of others which was so pat and appropriate in its use that it has caused him to say to himself, "Now I wish that I had said that!"

As I completed the work and joy of reading this book I thought of Robert Schumann, the German composer, writer, and music critic. Speaking through the mouth of Eusebius, one of his pen names, Schumann described his first meeting with the music of Chopin. His description of this thrilling moment follows.

"Eusebius came in softly the other day. You know that ironic smile with which he tries to intrigue you. I was at the piano... Eusebius put a piece of music before us with these words, 'Hats off,