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August 19, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(8):641-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330007003

Dermatitis of the ear has been a subject of difference of opinion between dermatologists and otologists with regard to causation and treatment. Thus many otologists would emphasize the factor of fungal infestation in the causation of dermatitis of the external ear whereas according to the dermatologist dermatitis involving the external portions of the ear and retroauricular region may result from many diverse factors.1 It is obvious that there must be an empirical background for these divergent opinions, the probability being that the relatively simple and easily cured cases have remained in the hands of the otologist who first saw them while the refractory cases have been referred to the dermatologist.

It is not our purpose to comment on the obvious cases of contact dermatitis of the ears from sensitivity to nickel on spectacle bows, to fur pieces, to silk, to wool or to various medications used in treatment of