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March 1952


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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(3):369-380. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010379008

THE RESULTS of surgical treatment of otosclerosis are certainly more fascinating than the practical results obtained from studies on the pathology of otosclerosis. In my opinion, conclusions which have been drawn from microscopic findings are disappointing from the practical point of view. Nevertheless, these studies must be continued because the final solution of the problem of otosclerosis must result from pathologic studies and not from surgery. For this reason I feel that it is timely to summarize the present status of the pathology of otosclerosis. This paper does not aim at a presentation of the bibliography, which has been much better accomplished in a résumé of the literature by the Central Bureau of Research of the American Otological Society, Inc., but rather gives my personal views based mainly on work covering the past 25 years. This presentation is permissible because my concept, presented in 1924,1 has to a certain