On account of the apparently increasing prevalence of otitic meningitis, especially in children, due, no doubt to our greater ability to recognize the disease, the subject is of the utmost importance, not only to the aurist, but more especially to the physician of general practice, since he is usually the first to be consulted in the initial illness. The questions pre-eminent, therefore, for our consideration are (1) the establishment of a prompt diagnosis of otitic meningitis, still replete with difficulties; and (2) the adoption of immediate measures for its relief, an accomplishment even more perplexing than the first.
As all scientific attainment, however, is developed by slowly progressive steps, judging from the progress of the recent past, we have every reason to feel encouraged in the belief that, in the very near future, we shall have reached the goal whereby our ability to diagnose this disease promptly will be unfailing,
SMITH SM. THE INDICATIONS FOR SURGICAL INTERFERENCE FOR THE RELIEF OF OTITIC MENINGITIS. JAMA. 1910;55(9):757–759. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330090031009
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