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October 1979

Ear Diseases, Deafness, and Dizziness,

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(10):630. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790220064018

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Dr Goodhill and his contributors have produced a text on otology for use by a wide variety of physicians. The book begins with a well-illustrated description of temporal bone anatomy and physiology, followed by a meticulous account of central auditory and vestibular projections. The diagnostic radiology, audiology, and vestibular testing sections are well organized, with introductory comments on the new field of electrical evoked response audiometry.

The various disease entities are approached from a surgeon's viewpoint. An excellent review of otosclerosis is given, with particular attention to stapedectomy techniques. The strength of the book is in Dr Goodhill's discussion of the various tympanoplasty techniques. He discusses his "how I do it" and demonstrates it with numerous illustrations. Hopefully, the lack of discussion of open-cavity surgery will not give the novice the impression that chronic ear disease is easily eradicated. The chapter on sudden hearing loss reflects the author's interest in

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