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May 30, 1903

Preserved in Wax.

JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1519-1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220043013

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Muskegon, Mich., May 22, 1903.

To the Editor:  —The following case illustrates the remarkable preservative properties of cerumen: J. W. S., age 63; white; Civil War veteran. A beetle of the species Tenebrio molitor entered right ear one evening in August, 1861, while patient was in Camp Good Hope, near Navy Yards, Washington, D. C. Patient immediately applied to regimental surgeon, who, failing in efforts to remove insect, applied olive oil to ear and instructed patient to return to tent and lie on right side, and suggested that the bug would probably be found on blanket in the morning. Pain in ear kept patient awake until nearly morning and when awakened ear felt much better, and patient forgot to look on blanket for insect, which he supposed had escaped from the ear. Since insect entered ear, patient has been able to hear but faintly with right ear.Patient applied to

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