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August 1965

Acoustic Neuroma Diagnosis and Surgery

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(2):97-101. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010099006

AT THE REQUEST of the president of the Harvey Cushing Society and the editors of the Journal of Neurosurgery, I am honored to present a critique of the course in the early diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuromas by transtemporal bone microsurgery which was presented by the Los Angeles Foundation of Otology and the University of Southern California School of Medicine.

In searching for a new and better way to diagnose acoustic neuromas earlier and treat them more satisfactorily without the risks to the brain stem and facial nerve which have accompanied total removals since the time of Cushing and Dandy, the Los Angeles Otological Medical Group, led by William F. House, MD, has made a most important contribution in this difficult field.

The House group has shown1 that the very early diagnosis of acoustic neuromas is possible when there are only eighth nerve symptoms and signs, by means