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September 1973

Neurootology vs Otoneurology

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University of Illinois at the Medical Center PO Box 6998 1855 W Taylor St. Chicago, 1160612

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(3):216. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020224020

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To the Editor.—The question raised by Professor Velasco in the December 1972 issue of the Archives (96:588) is still up to date as it has been for about the past twenty years. The advances of technology in audiology and particularly in the vestibular field evoke increased interest in the neurophysiology and neuropathology of the eighth nerve systems on the one hand and in the clinical aspects of these areas on the other. As a consequence, a comprehensive term was needed to cover this general field. "Otoneurology" and "neurootology" have been used interchangeably. Obviously, it was the otologist who became involved and whose obligation it was to investigate and solve many unknown questions concerning dizziness, disequilibrium, and other factors. An otologist seeking solutions for the neurosensory aspects of the inner ear became a neurootologist. If a neurologist would concentrate in this neurosensory area —which has never occurred—he could rightfully

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