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In presenting the following cases of mastoid disease, it is with the object of demonstrating the evil results that are liable to follow acute suppurations of the middle ear, especially when treated with the indiscriminate application of poultices, and the injudicious use of the Politzer air bag. In spite of the advances that have been made within recent years in the treatment of these affections, and the serious results that are almost sure to follow when these cases are badly treated, we still find physicians using the poultice to cause an abscess of the mastoid region to break externally. It has been my misfortune to have had several of these badly managed cases to treat, the histories of two of which are herewith subjoined. I think they are good object lessons and may be a warning to some physicians not to allow their cases to go to the verge of
BRYAN JH. REPORT OF TWO CASES OF SUPPURATING MASTOIDITIS.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(10):534-535. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440620022001f