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July 15, 1922


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JAMA. 1922;79(3):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420030001012

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A man, aged 36, stumbled and fell, Feb. 18, 1922, striking on his chin. He was unconscious for a few seconds and, on recovering, experienced a sharp pain in his right ear. After the chin wound was dressed he was referred to me for examination of the ear. The external canal was blocked. A large amount of débris was removed, disclosing tightly packed cerumen, which was removed with difficulty. Following this came the remains of a dead cockroach, 18 mm. in length and perfectly preserved in every detail.

The patient in April, 1908, while preparing for a bath, felt a sudden pain and buzzing in the right ear, which drove him almost frantic. While his wife was telephoning for a physician, he put his head under the water in the tub, and the pain soon ceased. Later, on the advice of his physician, the ear was syringed, but nothing was

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