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Contributions to the Art and Science of Otology Lectures and Papers by Richard Lake, 1892–1925

Nature volume 119, page 233 (12 February 1927) | Download Citation



THIS book consists of a collection of the author's more important contributions to current medical literature extending over a period of thirty-three years. It comprises within the limits of 255 pages fifty separate items, made up of case records, clinical lectures, addresses to medical societies, and articles, more or less controversial, on current otological topics. It is the index of an industrious and intellectually active professional-career, which may well be a source of legitimate satisfaction to the author, and of interest to his colleagues and to the students who have received their training at his hands. There is not much in it that is of general scientific value at the present day. So far as the scientific side of his subject is concerned, we may cite some careful observations on tuningfork tests of hearing in various forms of deafness. The author lays emphasis on common sources of error arising from the personal factor in examiner and examinee. No doubt in the near future our estimate of the value and significance of the various methods of testing hearing will have to be recast in view of the recent introduction of more absolute methods of audiometry.

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