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June 1936


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neuro-Otology, the Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania, service of Dr. Coates.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;23(6):646-652. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640040658004

The vestibular tests in themselves need no introduction, but a few introductory remarks about their application will not be amiss. There are many ways in which these tests may be utilized in various fields of medicine. It is my impression, however, that the tests are not utilized as frequently or with as much confidence as they deserve. The present situation is in marked contrast to the situation that existed when the tests were new and every one felt that miracles could be wrought with them. Presumably, disappointments following the overenthusiasm account for the swinging of the pendulum in the opposite direction.

It occurs to me that there are other reasons to account for the limited and infrequent use of these tests. Otologists, who are mostly concerned with them, seem to feel that the tests are too complicated to be bothered with and that one can probably do without them. This

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