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November 1987

The ABR Handbook: Auditory Brain-stem Response

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(11):1241. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860110107027

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The ABR Handbook by Glasscock et al is an original work on a very significant subject. The figures and illustrations add significantly to the work and the writing is such that its intent is not only clear, but that the reading is quite easy. The organization is good, which makes this an enjoyable reading experience.

The authors begin with an interesting historical perspective that serves as an excellent introduction and tantalizes the reader. This is followed by a glossary of terms to set the groundwork for the text itself. A concise description of anatomy and physiology as it applies to auditory brain-stem response is then supplied. In this description, the authors include the pathways, where problems may arise, and what causes problems within the auditory system and how auditory brain-stem testing can help identify these problems. The authors follow with a good basic review of instrumentation and techniques for measuring

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