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April 1967

The Physics of the Ear.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(4):465-466. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040467032

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This 378-page volume represents a most ambitious undertaking. The book covers areas ranging from auditory physiology, through psychoacoustics and audiometry, to music. Representative chapter titles are: "Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear," "Electrical Activity of the Auditory System," "Physical Characteristics of Speech," "The Alleviation of Deafness," and so forth. Altogether there are 15 chapters and five appendices. The title of the book should not frighten those potential readers whose background in physics and mathematics is inadequate. The book, with the exception of the last chapter where the author gives an introduction to Gabor's work, is definitely nonmathematical.

The survey-style covering of subjects associated with hearing is quite broad and comprehensive, if not necessarily deep. The author starts with brief anatomical descriptions of the peripheral auditory system and the auditory neural pathways. A simplified description of neural and synaptic transmission is then followed by a fairly detailed analysis of the mechanical

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