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May 1973

Otitis Media: (Proceedings of the National Conference, Callier Hearing and Speech Center, Dallas, Texas).

Arch Intern Med. 1973;131(5):757-758. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.00320110141033

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After reading Otitis Media, one is left with the conclusion that, in the common clinical entity known as otitis media, there is little information about the definition, etiology, pathology, or pathophysiology that can be documented with certainty.

The National Conference on Otitis Media was held May 15-17,1970 at the Callier Hearing and Speech Center in Dallas. The conference was concerned with all conceivable aspects of the problem: epidemiology, etiology and pathology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and health service delivery system. The purposes of the conference were to update and document the present status of knowledge of otitis media and to indicate future aims in many aspects of the disease.

The extent of the problem is clearly illustrated by a report: in Pittsburgh at least 15% of elementary school children were found to have "bad ears" after an examination, this rose to 30% during the five year follow-up. Eskimos and

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