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June 10, 1998

Controversies: Treatment of Acute Otitis Media

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(22):1783-1785. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-22-jac80008

To the Editor.— In arguing against routine antimicrobial treatment for AOM, Drs Culpepper and Froom1 cite randomized controlled trials by Halsted et al,2 van Buchem et al,3 and Appelman et al4 as showing neither short-term nor long-term differences in outcome between antimicrobial-treated and placebo-treated subjects. That interpretation overlooks or ignores key study results and limitations.