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This monograph presents a detailed description of the pathology involving the ankylosis of the stapes. Many photographs illustrate not only the various areas that may show an otosclerotic process, but also sections where there was a recurrence of the ankylosis after surgery.
The various etiological factors are discussed, but no concrete cause has been established.
In summarizing his observations, the author indicates that our present therapeutic measures are far from gratifying; our failures are still appreciable, and recurrences are too frequent. He hopes that further research will eventually clarify many etiologic factors, and that advances in microsurgery will lead to more satisfying results.
A study of the photomicrographs in this monograph should be made by every otologist.