RECENTLY I came across the old but very well-known textbook on otology by L. Jacobson and L. Blau.1 At the time the book was written both men, especially Jacobson, were famous otologists. The book itself is outstanding because of its thoroughness and completeness in citing older as well as contemporary authors.
Automatically I turned to the index to find the heading "Vestibular Apparatus," only to find that this heading was missing. I then realized that such a heading at the time of the edition, 1902, could not be found in an otological textbook. The first mention of the vestibular apparatus is to be found in a book written by Bárány2 in 1907. With this publication and, especially, the famous monograph of Bárány and Wittmaack3 in 1911, the vestibular apparatus was first included as a term in the field of otology.
However, the beginning of the doctrine of
WODAK E. HISTORICAL COMMENTS ON THE HUMAN VESTIBULAR APPARATUS. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;58(6):733–735. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710040760011
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