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October 1960

L'innervazione dell'orecchio medio (Innervation of the Middle Ear).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(4):562. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010572016

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This is a monograph from the Department of Professor Arslan, Padova, with an extensive bibliography which includes 11 items under the name of the author. This fact establishes his competence, which becomes manifest throughout the book. After a historical introduction and a clarification of terminology, the sources of the innervation of the middle ear are discussed in separate chapters according to the fifth, seventh, ninth and tenth pairs of cranial nerves. Analysis of the sympathetic nervous system follows, divided into sections on orthosympathetic (carotid plexus) and parasympathetic innervation. The role of the tympanic plexus and its ganglia are examined. The concluding chapter summarizes the innervation in a topographical order: tympanic membrane, region of the oval window, region of the round window, muscles of the middle ear, tube, and mastoid. Comparative anatomy is everywhere duly considered. This clear and competent presentation will be very helpful for the anatomist, physiologist, audiologist, and

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