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Article
August 1950

PSYCHOSOMATIC ASPECTS OF SURGICAL TREATMENT OF OTOSCLEROSIS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(2):177-187. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030198006
Abstract

IN TWO previous papers1 I discussed the development of personality and the psychodynamics of personality as they create psychosomatic disease and affect somatic disease in the field of otolaryngology. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the field of otosclerosis surgery in its psychologic aspects, with the hope of furthering understanding of some of the patients.

The problem of deafness has long been studied from the psychologic viewpoint. Hysterical deafness and malingering were among the diseases in which awareness of the psychologic relationship existed early. Our language expresses this in the common phrase "he turned a deaf ear." Also, many physicians and the hearing societies have long concerned themselves with the problem of social inadequacy resulting from organic deafness.2 In a recent and outstanding article on the emotional aspects of hearing, Knapp3 has discussed some problems of this field. Since the monumental work of Julius Lempert in

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