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November 14, 1936

Aural Therapy in Relation to Deafness

JAMA. 1936;107(20):1664. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770460066032

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This short treatise, with a foreword by Sir James Purves-Stewart and an introduction "by an unnamed professor on the faculty of medicine at an English University," devotes a chapter to varieties of deafness, in which the author speaks of congenital and acquired, as well as deafness secondary to generalized infections such as measles, scarlet fever, "rheumatism" and some "forms of catarrh of the nose and throat." The second chapter deals with causes of deafness and also briefly discusses the anatomy of the ear. Among the causes of impaired hearing mentioned are cerumen, injury to the drum membrane, and obstruction of the eustachian tube. A rather striking statement is that "another form of deafness is due to otosclerosis, which is a rheumatic condition, for just as people with rheumatism find their knuckles swell, so the bones of the head may swell and be distorted." In view of all the research that

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