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July 10, 1909

PREVENTABLE DEAFNESSCHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON LARYNGOLOGY AND OTOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, ATLANTIC CITY, 1909

JAMA. 1909;LIII(2):89-91. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550020001001

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Abstract

A survey of otology shows that great advances have been made in the treatment of deafness, but prevention of deafness has, up to this point, only been touched on. The laity are well informed on the necessity of otologic aid in cases of active inflammation or loss of hearing and they are fully aware of the futility of our effort to restore hearing in some chronic cases of deafness. Is it not time that they were enlightened on the subject of the prevention of deafness and should we not instruct them to use this knowledge before deafness has progressed beyond the power of restoration? We should make the laity realize that a little attention in season can prevent serious irremediable loss later on.

Especially is this knowledge of importance to persons having deaf ancestors. Nearly all deafness is preventable. Consequently the study of preventable deafness embraces a

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