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May 1949

Phylogenesis of the Ear.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;49(5):573. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.03760110129013

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This book is an erudite and academic classic. It gives tremendous detail on the history and growth of the structure of the ear throughout the animal scale. Going back three or four hundred million years to examine the hearing apparatus in fossil layers, as the author does, is starting a priori, to be sure. The many beautiful illustrations, with their carefully written captions, make this book a veritable storehouse for anyone interested in comparative anatomy. It was interesting to learn that the cochlea of the cat and dog has three turns and that these animals hear much better than man, but why should the cochlea in the lowly pig have four turns?

This volume is indeed worth while reading for all otolaryngologists, and should be compulsory reading for the graduate student in this specialty.

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