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To the Editor:
—In No. 9, p. 411, of this Journal there is an article on "The Treatment of Aural Catarrh in the London Central Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital," that is liable to do harm, since it fortifies the position of the routinist, by allowing him to creep behind the walls of a large hospital. This article being typical of the standpoint of a great many physicians it would be treachery to let it pass without criticism.Its author says: "I shall now proceed to make clear the method used for the cure of those varieties of ear disease, usually termed catarrh, and divided into acute non-suppurative, acute suppurative, chronic non-suppurative and chronic suppurative." Here the doctor undoubtedly speaks of the greatest number of those diseases that have their seat behind the drum, that is, in the middle and inner ear, and calls them "catarrh." What does that word
Holinger J. Reply to the Article on Treatment of Aural Catarrh in the London Central Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(14):687. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430660039013