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The purpose of this atlas is to show the important histologic changes in chronic suppurative middle ear and mastoid disease, to describe a technique of mastoidotympanoplasty, and to describe a method for teaching temporal bone surgery to house officers. This purpose is achieved in all three areas.
The first chapter sets the stage by attempting to present a philosophy of case selection and in these early pages some degree of confusion exists. The authors have stated that if the mastoid is not diseased an endaural transmeatal tympanoplasty without mastoidectomy will usually suffice, while in the chapter on selection of patients for mastoidotympanoplasty the third indication presumably for the described operation is "simple posttraumatic perforations of the ear drum which have not healed spontaneously or by office management." Since the mastoid is uninvolved in this type of case, there exists little indication for mastoidectomy. While this may not be the
CLEMIS JD. Stereoscopic Atlas of Mastoidotympanoplastic Surgery,. Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(4):464–465. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040466030
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