When we take into consideration the vast number of people, both children and adults, who suffer from chronic suppurative ear disease, the greater majority of whom will allow their disease to continue and progress, thereby courting disaster and perhaps death, rather than submit to operative intervention, it behooves us to endeavor to study out some plan of treatment other than the surgical for the relief and cure of these sufferers, and any time given to the study of this subject is time well spent, for we then fulfill the task to which we have dedicated our lives—namely, the relief of suffering humanity.
The relief and cure by conservative essentially non-surgical methods of a large per cent. of these cases is not only probable, but highly possible, and if we can give these patients a fairly hopeful prognosis very many more of them will submit to treatment and be
KUYK DA. TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PURULENT OTITIS MEDIA.. JAMA. 1903;XL(5):297–300. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490050019001d