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February 18, 1888

ABSCESS OF THE CEREBELLUM CAUSED BY DISEASE OF THE EAR.

JAMA. 1888;X(7):202-203. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400330014001e

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Abstract

Disease of the brain caused by the neglect of middle-ear affections, is by no means uncommon, and the case to be reported is another instance of the fallacy of supposing that a chronic otorrhoea is best treated by being let alone.

On August 29, 1887, I was asked to see M. W., colored, æt. 15 years. When an infant she had an attack of measles, following which came a discharge from the ear and almost complete loss of hearing. She was always sick. Headache was a frequent affair, and at the time of my visit she was experiencing an unusually severe attack. There was some fever; constipation; loss of appetite; rather slow pulse. Bromide of potassium was given for the headache, and the bowels were moved by suitable means. At my next visit I learned that the girl had had convulsions after my visit, and had passed a sleepless night.

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