Attention has recently been directed to a practical importance of microscopic investigation of the temporal bone which, I believe, has not been generally recognized, namely, the medicolegal. A review of the literature1 discloses no striking reference to it. Nevertheless, changes in a structure so intimately connected with the meninges, containing the end-organs of processes so essential to safety in everyday life, such as hearing and equilibrium, may obviously have far-reaching legal significance. Courts of law, we know, are frequently confronted with the problem of deciding negligence in fatal accident cases. Furthermore, the bearing of an accident on death months later is often of the utmost importance in the settlement of insurance claims. That a careful study of the temporal bones from such patients may prove of value is illustrated by the following cases.
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CASE 1.2—History.—J. F., aged 54, a
HEATLY CA. THE MEDICOLEGAL IMPORTANCE OF MICROSCOPIC INVESTIGATION OF THE TEMPORAL BONE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;4(1):28–34. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00590010036003