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January 30, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(5):330-331. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670310012005

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Reminiscent of the somewhat obsolete caution in the diagnosis of surgical appendicitis and its differentiation from a type of lobar pneumonia are the analogous situations arising as a personal experience with disconcerting frequency during the grip epidemic in Chicago, in the spring of 1925. I am well aware that this experience is only that of well marked clinical coincidence, and that in recording these notes nothing unusual in the component parts of the cases cited will be noted. The fact, however, that in each of the instances to be reported the patient was referred to me by men of broad medical experience as serious otologic cases requiring immediate and radical surgery prompts me to publish these abbreviated case histories as a contribution to the differential diagnosis of thrombosis of the lateral sinus, and as the possible prevention of serious error in the choice of procedure when this particular clinical picture

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