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March 1950

Theory of Hearing.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;51(3):462-463. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700020484022

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Written by one of the pioneer investigators in the field of hearing, this book very lucidly reviews the development of the auditory theory to the present concept. There are three main divisions. The first section presents an excellent historical evaluation of the earlier theories of hearing and an explanation of how and why they developed. The second section deals with the two most prominent theories, that on resonance and on frequency, each of which is thoroughly and critically reviewed. In the third section a new theory, the Volley theory, is developed on the background of the previous work. Evidence for the validity of this theory is presented, and clinical phenomena are explained.

The book contains a wealth of interesting material with excellent criticism by the author. The new Volley theory combines the numerous virtues of the two previous major theories and, in many instances, obviates many of their shortcomings. The

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