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August 1971

Reconstructive Surgery of the Middle Ear.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(2):185. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070421023

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Dr. Wolferman's approach to reconstructive surgery of the middle ear is logical and follows the basic tenets of temporal bone surgery. The book is divided into seven major sections covering surgical anatomy, physiopathology, clinical pathology, selection of patients, preoperative examination, technique of tympanoplasty and postoperative course. There is also a short but timely section on medico-legal considerations, and interestingly an absence of a publishing date.

Preoperative evaluation of the middle ear requires a thorough knowledge of audiology. It would seem to us that a more detailed discussion of bone conduction and speech audiometry might be called for, as well as the use of tunning forks, and especially the fork's value in checking audiometric results.

Dr. Wolferman quite correctly points out the lack of radiologic temporal bone experience of many radiologists and otolaryngologists, but it seems a pity that he would want to miss an opportunity to increase the exposure of

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