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December 1976

Tomography and Cross Sections of the Ear

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(12):762. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780170080025

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Drs Valvassori and Buckingham have produced a magnificent atlas on the tomographic anatomy of the temporal bone. They use color photographs of cadaver temporal bone macrosections to compare with the tomographic appearance of the normal and diseased temporal bone. This photographic comparison is further enhanced by attractive drawings, which are labeled to identify anatomic structures. In this way, the photomicrographs and radiographs are unmarred by lines and pointers. The brief accompanying text is useful and concise. In addition to a description of normal tomographic anatomy, a large segment of the book is devoted to pathologic findings, including detailed sections on congenital anomalies, acute and chronic infectious disease of the temporal bone, cholesteatomas, and otosclerosis. The work is certainly the best of its kind, and should be of interest to all radiologists and otolaryngologists who have occasion to read tomograms of the temporal bone.

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