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January 1969

An Evaluation of Vestibular Testing

Author Affiliations

From the Institute of Otolaryngology, McGill University and the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(1):31-37. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020033006

IT is my task to evaluate vestibular testing, and in order to make this worthwhile, we must determine in advance what is our ultimate goal.

There is no reason why an astute clinician should not be interested in all aspects of the labyrinth. With this attitude, he may hope to carry on worthwhile research.

We must be aware of the fact, however, that research has become a prestige symbol as has elaborate test equipment. Succumbing to these spurious current fads may give temporary gain. However, for anyone who cherishes the hope of establishing an enduring good name, beware of pseudoscience. Science has inexorable laws which eventually catch up with and consign to oblivion, the so-called scientist who is in a hurry.

The clinician's first concern is for the welfare of his patient, and in order to be most effective, he must arrive at a correct diagnosis of the illness.


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