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We have here an excellent up-to-date report on the histology of the inner ear and the surgical procedures used in freeing the footplate of the stapes as compared with fenestration. French, German, and English texts make it possible for practically every otologist to appraise the latest utterance on chronic deafness of a nonneural nature. The histological data are based on 79 ears from 54 patients. While this enormous effort involves patient and extensive laboratory studies, the authors admit that not much value can come to the surgeon who is about to perform an operation for the relief of deafness. It cannot be otherwise. However, the important conclusion is that the pathology may involve not only the footplate of the stapes, but the cochlear capsule, the internal auditory canal, and the osseous labyrinth. Not only the oval window but also the round window may be sclerosed. In such case we are
Fortschritte in der Hals-Nasen-Ohrenheilkunde (Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology). AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(5):640. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010654030
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