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December 1966

Nystagmography: Opening Remarks

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(6):630. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030632006

NYSTAGMOGRAPHY has advanced during the past 15 years from the status of an experimental laboratory tool to that of an important, even indispensable, diagnostic instrument aimed at an objective and reliable assessment of vestibular sensitivity. It is a fact that interest and utilization of nystagmus recording still lag behind such activities in Europe. During a recent visit in Japan we learned that all 40 medical schools in that country have neurological laboratories, and all are equipped with nystagmus recording devices.

The number of institutions and individuals in the United States becoming interested in nystagmography is increasing rapidly. There are unmistakable signs that further interest is on the way. Significant observations have already been made; hopefully, others can be expected.

Earlier, all the investigators had to break their own path in the technique and, therefore, had to explain the results obtained. Now, this accumulated data should be reviewed, exchanged, and discussed.

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