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December 1952

The Pathology, Symptomatology and Diagnosis of Certain Common Disorders of the Vestibular System.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(6):675. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020700017

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This 14-page finely printed monograph is a most clear, comprehensive, and thoughtful study of the clinical and pathological aspects of true and false Ménière's disease. The article is introduced by a historical review of papers and studies from the time Ménière's first description appeared. It is now evident that, though Ménière established a distinct entity in his triad of deafness, dizziness, and tinnitus, associating it with vestibular pathology, since that time "this field has become much enlarged and its contours very confused. It has been customary to mix together with Ménière's disease... other types of organic vertigo which conform only vaguely to the established symptomatology and pathology of that disease."

The authors present ably and clearly the position of quantitative galvanic testing in the differential diagnosis of true and false types. They describe two common causes of organic vertigo, one a disorder of the vestibular neurons, another a disorder of

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