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The personal and scientific feud between Ernst Brücke and Josef Hyrtl.

Authors
  • Wiest, Gerald
  • Baloh, Robert W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2006
Volume
27
Issue
4
Pages
570–575
Identifiers
PMID: 16791051
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although Hyrtl was instrumental in recruiting Brücke to the University of Vienna, the two professors soon became embroiled in a feud that persisted throughout their academic careers. The difference in approach of these two giants in their field is well illustrated by their views on the function of the semicircular canals of the inner ear. Based on their shape, Hyrtl concluded that they were important for directional hearing, whereas based on animal experiments, Brücke concluded that they were sense organs for equilibrium.

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