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July 1960

Otitis Media and Complications: Summaries of the Bibliographical Material Available for 1958

Author Affiliations

Pasadena, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(1):108-128. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010112020

The articles on otitis media and complications for 1958 increased in number as compared to the last few years. Many papers on tympanoplasty indicate the interest on hearing conservation.

Anatomy  Anson (Chicago) and Bast1 (Madison, Wis.) presented a very practical article on the surgical significance of stapes and labyrinthine anatomy. Drawings of the foot plate of the stapes and the vulnerable tissues beneath are given with the tips of fenestrators drawn to scale."In the event of a break through the stapedial footplate, annular ligament or adjacent wall of the window, the direction and depth of the thrust are of great significance. It appears that there are three especially vunerable directions: one is at the anterior part of the oval window, where a penetration of 0.75 mm. would reach the sacculus, and a penetration of 1.75 mm. would reach the internal auditory meatus (with its cerebrospinal fluid) and the