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March 1960

Peripheral Facial Palsy: Pathology and Surgery.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;71(3):600. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.03770030242038

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This reviewer has known Karsten Kettel for many years, and has been in close touch with the long, conscientious work that is here presented in this splendid monograph, the only one in existence devoted to this subject. Many of his numerous articles on this subject have been contributed to the A.M.A. Archives of Otolaryngology, beginning in 1943.

This book is written in English, which the author both writes and speaks flawlessly. It covers in detail every aspect of the extracranial portion of the seventh nerve; the anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, and causes of paralysis; the treatment and results to be expected, and the numerous case histories showing how different types of palsy should be handled. The surgical procedures are given in full, with clarifying illustrations.

The history of the study of facial palsy is outlined and the subject brought thoroughly up to date, with the conclusions and innovations of the auther.

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