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September 1979

L'Odorat Clinique

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(9):568. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790210066019

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Dr van den Eeckhaut set out to fill a need for an up-to-date, French-language book on the sense of smell in clinical practice. In fact, his work has no equivalent in any other language. Although his approach is that of a practicing clinician specializing in otolaryngologic sensory disorders, he has read widely in the basic literature of olfaction. The first half of the book summarizes those aspects of olfactory anatomy, physiology, and theory that are relevant to the clinical measurement of olfactory function. The selection of topics and their interpretation appears basically sound, although I cannot agree with the author's contention that odor qualities are inherently unclassifiable; but this is an active research field at the time of this writing.

The second half of the book begins by describing some of the better-known among the 70 or more methods that have been proposed for measuring smell sensitivity. Then Dr van

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