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This book is directed primarily to audiologists. Each chapter is written by an authority in his field, and, as the title indicates, the contents are devoted mainly to recent developments. As Jerger puts it, the bias is frankly experimental. Each author presents his own point of view in relation to the material discussed and gives the reader the benefit of his personal experience.
There is a wide range of areas covered, and, since the editor chose to hold the reins loosely, the material is not closely interrelated. This is a book to refer to, rather than a text book. The chapters are introduced by short sections which helpfully clarify the areas to be covered. The bibliography is superb, both the in-text and end-of-chapter references being comprehensive.
Particularly well presented are chapters on bone conduction, automatic audiometry, the middle ear muscles, auditory adaptation, and fatigue. In the chapter on central hearing