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January 1976

The Sense of Smell and its Abnormalities

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(1):63. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780060109021

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Abstract

This book presents a broad yet concise overall view of olfaction that should serve as an excellent introduction to the olfactory system and its abnormalities for students of otolaryngology, neurology, and neurosurgery. The author captures the highlights of recent research and clinical work on olfaction. His well-referenced account of the subject is logical in its exposition, starting with the structure and function of the nose, and proceeding to the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the olfactory organ. Unfortunately, the otherwise complete anatomical description of the olfactory system does suffer from poor illustrations. This flaw, however, should not deter one from reading these sections of the book, since one will find a great deal of recent information presented in a brief but readable form.

I found the chapter on theories of smell to be both thorough and fair, and it certainly leaves the reader with an understanding of how much research still

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