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April 20, 1946

Les mastoïdites

JAMA. 1946;130(16):1193. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870160139024

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For many years Portmann has been to Bordeaux what Politzer was to Vienna, with the difference that the former stresses surgery while the latter stressed medication and general management first and surgery second. This book is therefore a treatise on surgery of the temporal bone and of the infections which invade it and produce "complications" elsewhere. It is complete in every detail and is of special value in the clarity and thoroughness of chapter I, which deals with the embryologic and intrauterine development of the temporal bone, including "pneumatization." Several pages are given over to a thorough study of the anatomy of each portion of the bone, petrous, squamous and "tympanal." Chapter V deals with all the various forms of mastoiditis and the symptoms of the "mastoid syndrome." A special chapter (vi) is devoted to the squamozygomatic cells, which the author calls "the paramastoid." Petrositis comes in for detailed study,

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