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July 1966

Progress Report: Surgery of the Facial Nerve

Author Affiliations

From Fredericksborg County Hospital, Hilleröd, Denmark.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(1):99-109. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030101011

THE GREAT INTEREST which is now being taken in problems of management of facial palsy is clearly indicated by a steadily increasing number of meetings solely dedicated to this question, by a large number of experimental studies and clinical reports, and by the number of pages required to survey progress in this field during the past two years.

There have been many thorough studies of the anatomy of the facial nerve. Its origins were investigated by Eyries and Chouard1 in sections from the brain and nuclei. Crosby and De Jong2 examined its central connections and relations, and Anson et al3 studied the anatomy of the facial canal and relations of the nerve within it. Donaldson and Anson4 described the topography of the middle ear, pointing out that there exists a topographic guide to the facial nerve in the triangular relationship of three structures: the lateral semicircular