Recent Literature Text-book of Normal Histology . By George A. Piersol, M.D., Professor of Anatomy in the University of Pennsylvania. 8vo, pp. xviii, 439. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. 1893

1893 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
The book is intended as a reference hand-book for the practitioner, and devotes but forty-one pages to the consideration of the anatomy and physiology of the ear, the remaining chapters being in the form of clinical lectures, with quotations of illustrative cases occurring in the author's practice. To the subject of osseous tumors of the external auditory canal, a chapter of twenty-seven pages is devoted, with a tabulated record of operative results; and twenty pages are given to diseases of
more » ... n to diseases of the auricle. The chapters on acute and chronic non-suppurative disease of the middle ear include sixty-six pages, and those on suppurative disease aud its results, eighty-one pages. The mention of operative procedures in this connection, especially of the mastoid operation, except as they occur in the report of cases, are very short. The chapter on the value of pain as a symptom of ear disease, is both readable and suggestive. The remaining chapters, on diseases of the internal ear, include a résumé of the author's observations on the use of piloearpine. The Mastoid Operation. Co. 1892. This book of one hundred and eleven pages is an excellent review of the subject of mastoid operations as defined by Schwartze, to whom the author gives this credit in his preface. The first part, comprising twenty-nine pages, is historical, beginning with the first recorded operation by Johannes Riolanus in 1G49, and terminating with the latest contribution of Stacke in his method of opening the mastoid antrum. The anatomical portion, comprising twenty-five pages, is illustrated by five good plates of section of the temporal boue and is clear and direct in its descriptive text. The remainder of the book gives the pathology of the subject very briefly, and the method of operation, as taught by Schwartze, more at length ; and this is followed by a description of the operation of Stacke. The work is to be commended for the spirit in which it was undertaken and for its value asa careful record of observations.
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