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February 1952

NOTES ON THE INNERVATION OF THE COCHLEA

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(2):188-205. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010197010
Abstract

THE SCHEMATIC representation of the general distribution of the eighth nerve to the organs of the inner ear, which is reproduced in Figure 1, was worked out by Weston in 1937 and closely corresponds to the representation formerly given by de Burlet except for the cochleosaccular ramus, first described by Hardy in 1934. It must be considered the synthesis of the achievements of a formidable work of research carried out for more than a century by all investigators of the anatomy of the ear.

However, some of the problems regarding the origin and peripheral distribution of the fibers of the eighth nerve have not been definitely solved. One of these problems concerns the inferior saccular ramus, whose origin, according to different authors, is identified in an independent ganglion,1 in a ganglion annexed to the trunk of the cochlear nerve,2 in an expansion of the vestibular ganglion,3 or

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