The management of acute suppurative disease of the middle ear has made great advances over a period of ten to fifteen years. As a result the disease has lost many of its dreaded aspects. The frequency with which surgical intervention is necessary for acute suppuration has materially decreased, and even those complications which in former years were accompanied by an extremely high mortality now assume a much less hopeless outlook.
This improvement has been brought about along two distinct lines, the development of methods for diagnosis and treatment of suppuration in the petrous pyramid and the application of therapy with sulfonamide compounds in this field. Both of these advances have been the outgrowth of many years of investigation.
The development in surgical management preceded the advent of therapy with sulfonamide compounds. Progress had reached the point where suppurative disease in the pyramid could be diagnosed and located and a suitable
LINDSAY JR. RECENT PROGRESS IN MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE SUPPURATION OF THE MIDDLE EAR. Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;39(6):492–497. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680010511006