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May 1942


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1942;35(5):766-771. doi:10.1001/archotol.1942.00670010773009

There are several reasons why vestibular tests have less clinical interest than auditory tests. First, the auditory tests are more pertinent and definitely more localized in the field in which the otologist works. Second, a vestibular test, when completely executed, takes considerable time. Third, the individual variation among patients makes standardization difficult. The highly nervous person, for instance, has a quicker reflex response than the slower, more lethargic person. Finally, at times contradictory findings are disheartening. Still these tests provide a source of much information which will be of value when otologists learn to interpret the findings.

Aside from the localization of various lesions in the end organ, the information obtained with these tests could be of great value to neurologists and neurosurgeons; it seems unlikely, however, that the data obtained by an otologist will ever contribute as much aid as that provided by the ophthalmologist, since the optic nerve

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