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December 28, 1957

Diseases of the External Ear

JAMA. 1957;165(17):2242. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980350100034

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This excellent monograph is the work of 11 contributors, who present every known facet of the subject of diseases of the external ear. A number of experiments on the properties of cerumen in vitro and in vivo are cited in detail. The implication is that the conditions predisposing to external otitis are those in which the production of cerumen is reduced and the ideal therapy would be its replacement. Unfortunately, the solution of the problem has not been so simple. Thus, the final chapter is primarily a review of the treatment most commonly used. The treatment of each type of external otitis is presented in a simple and practical manner. A dependable method of diagnosis and treatment of external otitis is needed. The important contributions of this monograph are the excellent presentations of the anatomy and histopathology of the external auditory canal in terms of alterations in acute and chronic

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