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December 1969

Intratemporal Facial Palsy

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From the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(6):789-799. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030791023

IT IS with a deep sense of gratitude that I acknowledge the great honor and distinction paid to neurootology by the Board of Governors of the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in appointing me to give the Fifth Gowers Memorial Lecture.

During this lecture I shall be quoting from what Sir William Gowers had to say about facial palsy. I am full of admiration for his gift of prophecy and his ability to translate his thoughts into simple words. His observant eye, his attentive ear, and, above all, his unprejudiced mind led him to write down only what he saw and heard.

In a clinical lecture on facial palsy given by Gowers at this very hospital in 1895 he said,

Paralysis of all the muscles supplied by the facial nerve on one side only, and without other symptoms, always means disease of the nerve trunk. Practically, moreover, if it occurs

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