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March 1926


Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;3(3):252-258. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00580010274005

It is my purpose to give a general survey of some of the more recent otologic problems, and to show in what manner the histologic examinations of the ear, aside from their scientific interest, have also given practical results.

The pathology of the ear is still of recent date, when compared to that of other organs of the human body. The special cause for this must be ascribed to the complicated microscopic technic, which could only be cultivated successfully after the introduction of decalcination and celloidin embedding forty years ago by Steinbrügge and Habermann.

In his work, Retzius has compiled and materially increased our knowledge of human and comparative anatomy of the ear; his illustrations are to be found even to this day in the manuals and textbooks. The most minute details, however, could only be found by the recent methods I have just mentioned.

In the first

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