What are we doing for middle ear troubles? Are we doing all that is possible? Are results of treatment satisfactory to ourselves and our patients? Have we made our diagnosis in a given case and decided on our line of treatment on the patient's first call, and is this satisfactory to ourselves?
If we are satisfied to be honest with ourselves and our patients, then all these questions are answered in the affirmative. There are two things necessary for our own satisfaction and consciousness that we are doing the best thing possible for our case: 1. An easy practical distinctive classification of the diseases of the middle ear. 2. The exposition of the case to the patient or his friends, where their intelligence makes it possible.
For a practical classification I have adopted the following:
With these we have only to affix the complications in any case, and a distinctive,
FARBER JH. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MIDDLE EAR DISEASES: WITH A NEW DIAGNOSTIC SYMPTOM OF EUSTACHIAN STRICTURE. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(26):1583–1585. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450780015001d
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