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May 1967

Vestibular Tests

Author Affiliations

From the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(5):548-551. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040550016

IN DISCUSSING vertigo it is of paramount importance to state first what vertigo is.

Vertigo is not a disease; it is a symptom, nothing more, nothing less. It is the symptom indicating a lack of coordination of the information the patient receives from his sense organs, especially those of feeling, sight, and vestibular sense. As long as the information from these three do not contradict each other, everything is all right; as soon as they do, the patient gets the sensation of vertigo.

This clash may be caused by a wrong answer from one sense organ (eg, postrotational vertigo) or by a disturbance somewhere in the pathways and centers of the central nervous system (eg, alcohol poisoning).

Vertigo is a very common complaint; after headache and coughing the most common, I think. It can be provoked by nearly every disease, by even the slightest disturbance in the machinery of the

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