April 29, 1933


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JAMA. 1933;100(17):1359. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740170057028

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To the Editor:  —I was greatly interested in Dr. Ferguson's dressing for the ear (The Journal, March 11, p. 736). However, there are some cases which will not clear up under the best pressure treatment that can be devised. Recently a piano mover injured his ear, and a hematoma developed. I aspirated the blood and applied a pressure bandage with no success. I then incised the hematoma and removed all blood clots and irrigated the cavity with an antiseptic solution, but even this failed to cure the trouble. I therefore reopened the wound and packed the cavity of the hematoma with phenol (carbolic acid) on cotton. I had first, however, applied some sterile petrolatum about the opening of the cavity. After five minutes' application, I removed the phenol pack and applied a dressing to the ear. The next day the ear was rather inflamed and swollen. The inflammation and swelling

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