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December 1981

Chronic Ear Disease

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(12):775. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790480051019

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This excellent monograph will be essential reading for residents and is highly recommended to all otolaryngologists. The book is divided into five parts, beginning with a section on the cause and pathology of chronic otitis media and followed by sections on eradication of disease and restoration of hearing. The fourth section comprises several excellent chapters, each about a different problem, eg, sensorineural hearing loss, cholesteatomatous fistula, or tympanosclerosis, that may be encountered during corrective surgery. The book concludes with a section about tympanoplasty in the future and discusses the gradual, but increasingly definite, swing back to the "open" technique, particularly with extensive cholesteatoma.

The author's extensive first-hand surgical experience and personal insight into the complex disease processes of chronic otitis media is evident throughout the book. Concepts are clearly and concisely presented and aided by numerous excellent line drawings.

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