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December 1973

Textbook of Otolaryngology

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(6):433. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020447020

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This well-known, well-established textbook adequately fulfills the authors' aims in producing a basic source of otorhinolaryngologic information for the medical student, general practitioner, and first-year resident in the specialty. It is broad in coverage and concise, and it emphasizes normal anatomy, physiology, and accepted therapy for common disorders.

The book includes a lucid description of the mechanisms of normal hearing as well as the pathophysiology of certain hearing losses. The assessment of hearing with various audiological tests, the use of tuning forks, and masking are clearly explained. A refreshing look at the vestibular examination, cerebellar tests, and nystagmus is valuable. Particularly beneficial are the names and addresses of some hearing societies in the United States, useful as a source of guidance and referral for the hearing impaired.

Cancers are treated in a simple straightforward manner, with the most common carcinomas carefully described and a brief survey of the statistically less-important

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