In this review of the literature we have aimed to present in a readable and practical way the useful and significant new knowledge that has been added to the field of progressive deafness. We have attempted to evaluate the contributions in editorial comments, enclosed in parentheses.
The literature for 1942 reflects not only the war but the growing importance of aviation in warfare; there are numerous articles dealing with the effects of aviation on the ear. The interest in avitaminosis as a cause of deafness shows a decline, if we may judge from the decreased number of articles dealing with this subject, while the growing interest in Ménière's disease continues to be evident. The surgical treatment of otosclerosis still receives considerable attention in the American literature, with but a single article from abroad.
The material is covered in the following order:
Pathology and Etiology
Medical Treatment of Otosclerosis