I will not occupy the time of the Section with a historical account of this operation, although it is replete with interest. Those facts only will be presented which are necessary to an intelligent study of this group of cases. The subjects for operation were not selected with a view to the promising nature of their cases. This method would have been more brilliant but less scientific.
If I have erred at all it has been in the opposite direction. For the purpose of making a crucial test of the efficacy of this procedure, I have made it the last resort in those cases which afforded no hope for relief from any other treatment. Perhaps the propriety of operating on these patients that seemed to promise no results might be questioned, were it not for the facts that in nearly all of them there was an unexpected improvement, and that
BISHOP SS. OPERATIONS ON THE DRUM-HEAD FOR IMPAIRED HEARING; WITH FOURTEEN CASES. JAMA. 1886;VII(9):232–235. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250080092003
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