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Article
October 1947

MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CARE OF THE PATIENT SELECTED FOR FENESTRATION OF THE LABYRINTH

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PITTSBURGH

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(4):534-538. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020548006
Abstract

THAT hearing for normal speech can be restored by means of the fenestration operation is now a proved fact. Patients who have undergone this surgical procedure successfully during the past nine years are a living testimonial to this fact and are loud and positive in their praises of it. Less is heard from the growing number of people who have been operated on for the relief of their deafness without success. They have cheerfully submitted to the surgeon's care, full of hope and anticipation, some of them with the assurance that the odds were all in their favor, only to have their hopes shattered, their hearing no better and sometimes worse, frequently with an infected mastoid cavity and spells of dizziness, and usually with a much lightened pocketbook. More and more of these people are drifting into the offices of otologists, and they are indeed a pitiful spectacle.

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