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November 1968

Physiology of the Labyrinth.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(5):572-573. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010574027

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This is a paperback manual prepared by the Section of Instruction, Home Study Course, of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and represents an updated revision of the 1953 edition. It covers basic anatomy and physiology of the symptom of dizziness, and sign of past pointing, nystagmus, habituation, directional preponderance, tests of semicircular canal function, ENT, and diseases of the labyrinth.

The style is written in the form of a collection of an organized form of abstracts, well documented with a bibliography of 496. The aim is clearly to cover as much ground as possible in the shortest possible space, and to entice the inquiring mind into the literature. In so doing, however, the authors often leave the reader (presumably a neophyte) hanging, forcing him to make judgment solely on his own reading. Despite this, this is the way of life and it seems to me that in

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