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My experience in intratympanic surgery has been gained in 109 operations within the drum cavity, viz.: 43 operations for the relief of chonic catarrhal deafness and tinnitus, 26 for the relief of chronic tinnitus and tympanic vertigo (Ménière's symptoms) of catarrhal origin, and 30 for the relief of chronic purulency of the middle ear. In this article, however, I shall ask your attention to brief notes of the thirty purulent cases and the operations performed for the relief of this diseased condition of the ear. In all these cases various rational routine means had been employed for their amelioration before resorting to intratympanic operations. These operations have been performed upon the etherized patient, with one exception, Case 8, in which the dangling malleus was removed like a polypus with the polypus snare. The ear has been illuminated by means of a three-candlepower electric head lamp, held on the forehead, like
BURNETT CH. INTRATYMPANIC SURGERY; ESPECIALLY IN CHRONIC PURULENT OTITIS MEDIA.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(12):662-664. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440640030003k