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December 3, 1887

TREATMENT OF CHRONIC SUPPURATIVE OTITIS MEDIA.Read in the Section on Ophthalmology, Otology and Laryngology, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(23):712-713. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400220008001b

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Abstract

The object of this paper is two-fold: First, to elicit a discussion of the subject which shall set forth the latest and best methods of treatment; Second, to protest against a mode of treatment that has been highly lauded of late. I refer to what is called the dry treatment, in which the external meatus is filled and even packed, with a powder that is to remain from one visit to another. Although the principle involved did not recommend the practice as being in accord with good surgical doctrine, the favorable results reported induced me to try it, as I have a habit of trying all new methods which promise any improvement on the old.

The plan proposed was to remove all the pus from the drum-head and meatus with dry absorbent cotton, inflate the middle ear, again remove what discharge was forced through the perforation of the membrana tympani

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