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December 1966

Thirty Years of Otosclerosis Studies

Author Affiliations

From the Otolaryngological Clinic and the Anatomy Department of the University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia) Medical School.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(6):598-606. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030600002

UNDER the influence of the great masters of otology, Wittmaack, Holmgreen, and Sourdille et al,1 whose opinion we learned to appreciate in personal contact, much of our time has been dedicated to the study of otosclerosis. As early as 1939,2 one of us (A.S.) published his first experiences with surgical treatment of this disease, which started in 1936 immediately after the International Congress of Otorhinolaryngology in Berlin where otosclerosis was the center of interest.

The present publication is a survey of our results published hitherto in German and in French.

We were primarily interested in the genesis of the disease but started our investigations with the classification of the pathological processes and statistical data concerning frequency.

According to the fundamental studies of Wittmaack, Mayer,3 and especially of Nager and Meyer4,5 and Weber,6 otosclerosis must be considered as a fibrous osteodystrophy localized in the labyrinthine capsule.