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THE EXCITING POSSIBILITIES of direct electrical stimulation of the cochlear nerve in patients whose end-organ is absent through congenital malformation or disease are explored in a scholarly and scientific manner in the monograph by F. Blair Simmons, MD, in this issue of the Archives. The clinician will be particularly interested in the author's predictions in his final conclusions that "the chances are small indeed that electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve can ever provide a uniquely useful means of communication. Studies in tactile learning and communication and methods of utilizing and intensively training residual acoustic hearing especially in children are more likely to provide generally useful communication." Nevertheless, these basic experiments by Dr. Simmons do leave open the interesting though remote possibility that someday an artificial end-organ may be possible.
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