By Henry L. Williams, M.D., M.S. in Otology. Price, $7.00. Pp. 349, with 15 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1952.
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This excellent book is a critical review and digest of all the confused thinking and literature on Ménière's disease. Starting with a clarification of Ménière's original concept, the author describes the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the labyrinth as related to Ménière's disease. The following chapters discuss etiology and diagnosis. A large chapter is devoted to allergy and autonomic dysfunction. This is followed by chapters on medical and surgical treatment and a very definitive recapitulation.
Although there are many conflicting concepts discussed in the book, the author has crystallized his thinking very clearly on the basis of considerable clinical experience. Each chapter is followed by an extensive and up to date bibliography. Although a number of the author's opinions still lack confirming evidence, they are forthrightly and logically derived. The book is worth reading and offers an excellent perspective on Ménière's Disease.
Ménière's Disease. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(4):518. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040540023
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