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To the Editor:
—In Society Proceedings, The Journal, July 27, 1918, p. 307, in a report of the Lenox meeting of the American Pediatric Society, there is an abstract of a paper by Dr. Thomas S. Southworth of New York entitled "Are the Present Frequency of Acute Otitis Media and the Subsequent Mastoid Operation in Some Measure a Reproach to Pediatrics?" Accompanying it is an abstract of a discussion by eight well known pediatricians. The paper, with the discussion, is apparently intended to cover, in a general way, the prevention and treatment of acute middle ear inflammation and the prevention of mastoid involvement.I am pained beyond expression to observe that, so far as these abstracts are concerned, there is not a single instance of the mention of the most important consideration in the care and prevention of these cases, which is careful attention to the upper respiratory tract, with
Jervey JW. IMPORTANCE OF ATTENTION TO UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT IN ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA. JAMA. 1918;71(6):487–488. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600320071023