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The experiments behind the Tullio phenomenon

  • J Addams-Williams (a1), K Wu (a1) and J Ray (a1)



Professor Pietro Tullio was a director at the Laboratory of Experimental Physiology in Bologna during the early twentieth century. His experimental studies resulted in the description of the Tullio phenomenon, which is characterised by sound-induced vertigo and/or eye movements.


The experimental studies behind his contribution to vestibular physiology are described within this paper, as are some of the further developments that have been made.


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Address for correspondence: Ms J Addams-Williams, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK Fax: 0114 271 2280 E-mail:


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Presented orally at the British Society for the History of ENT meeting, 1 December 2011, London, UK.



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