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November 1987

Otitis Media and Child Development

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San Antonio, Tex

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(11):1242-1243. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860110108032

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Abstract

Parkton, Md, York Press, 1986. This work is the result of a closed research conference sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Child Development held in 1985 in Bethesda, Md. The 18 contributed chapters were edited by James Kavanagh, PhD, a staff member of the National Institute of Child Health and Child Development. It is a compendium of the then current status of the research of the participants, and, as such, contains much useful information to workers in this important clinical area.

All the issues surrounding the controversy, does otitis media impair cognitive development, are discussed here, clearly exposited, and carefully edited. The book reads well and is thoroughly referenced.

The first three chapters discuss the importance of hearing in early childhood in regard to development in the three separate areas of language, speech, and cognition. Particularly intriguing to me as a clinician was the discussion of the

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