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June 1969

Electrical Control of Bone Growth in Ossicles: A Preliminary Report

Author Affiliations

Omaha, Neb; Morgantown, WVa
From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Nebraska, College of Medicine, Omaha, Neb (Dr. Yarington), and the Division of Otolaryngology, West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Morgantown, WVA (Dr. Jaquiss).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(6):856-860. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020858011

The purpose of this communication is to draw the attention of the otolaryngologic community to the recent findings relative to the electrical control of bone growth and their application to research in otology. The appropriate findings will be discussed in a general way with a brief explanation as to how they are being applied to the field of otology at present.

Original investigative interest in the field of biophysical control of tissue growth was directed toward reparative and regenerative processes. At first it was thought that the central nervous system was completely responsible for certain growth signals in the form of electrical phenomena at the site of injury or repair. It soon became apparent, however, that the current of injury was a relatively constant direct current as opposed to the intermittent pattern characteristic of neural electric potential. It was then established that following an initial appearance of a direct current

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