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July 14, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(1):18-20. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390010028001c

Although the antiseptic treatment of purulent inflammation of the middle ear has been introduced but some three years, it has now been adopted by almost all, if not all, specialists. Scarcely any number of an otological journal can be examined without finding some testimony as to its efficacy. But by the general practitioner, the method has not yet been practiced to any extent; at least, I must infer this from my own experience with the patients referred to me, and I can find a reason for it in the scant allusions to it in medical journals. Moreover, all but the most recent text-books scarcely mention it. However, this article is not merely intended to corroborate the experience of other specialists, but to describe the use of some new substances for this purpose, and an improved method of applying them, both of which have considerably shortened the time of treatment of

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