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September 1954

Physiological Acoustics.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1954;60(3):394. doi:10.1001/archotol.1954.00720010403018

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This new book by Wever and Lawrence emphasizes the ear as an acoustic instrument, and describes in great detail the mechanism of sound conduction to the hair cells of the inner ear. The book presents a much needed integration of many physical experiments on the mechanics of sound conduction. There are seven chapters, including an excellent glossary. Otologists and audiologists should consider this book important reading. Considerable and excellent treatment is accorded the following subjects: the middle ear as a transformer, the nature and locus of distortion in the ear, effects of air pressure on the ear, sound entrance into the cochlea, conduction in the cochlea, cochlear patterns, and the stimulation process.

A complete chapter is devoted to conductive deafness, particularly otosclerosis and the fenestration operation. The authors review auditory theory and present their own thinking in the form of the volley theory. There is much in this book which

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