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This book deals with the work Sourdille has originated and performed over the course of the last twenty years for the surgical treatment of progressive deafness in clinical otosclerosis. He treats this condition with a properly placed labyrinthine fistula which remains sensitive to very slight variations in sound pressures.
Historical data are given on the progressive development of this surgical procedure, on both the experimental and the operative technic. The entire problem of improvement of hearing by labyrinthine operation is presented. It is interesting to note the author's interest in this surgical approach and his early prediction that the surgical steps would be simplified into a one step operation. The historical sequence of the development of surgical relief from deafness is also presented.
The original operative procedures of Bárány, Jenkins, Holmgren, Wittmaack and others are presented and their respective contributions and improvements described.
Sourdille's original presentation on this subject in
Traitement chirurgical de l'otospongiose. Arch Otolaryngol. 1949;50(5):683. doi:10.1001/archotol.1949.00700010697018
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