The treatment of various subacute and chronic infections by means of bacterial vaccines has been successful enough to offer encouragement as a practical therapeutic measure, and we undertook the treatment of suppurative otitis media by this means. Of the sequelæ of scarlet fever, otitis media is one of the most troublesome and dangerous, both to the patient and the public health in general. Of 2,537 patients received in the scarlet-fever hospital from June 1, 1907, to June 1, 1909. 308 patients, or 8.2 per cent., developed suppurative otitis media. The usual treatment is unsatisfactory in many respects; the duration of otitis media is frequently prolonged; the contagium of scarlet fever, whatever it may be, seems almost certainly present in ear discharges: the dismissal of a patient with such aural discharges is thus dangerous to public health; therefore any treatment which will cure these patients more quickly and more satisfactorily than
WESTON PG, KOLMER JA. THE TREATMENT OF SUPPURATIVE OTITIS MEDIA (SCARLATINAL) BY BACTERIAL VACCINES (BACTERINS): BASED ON ONE HUNDRED CASES OF PATIENTS TREATED IN THE PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL FOR CONTAGIOUS DISEASES, BUREAU OF HEALTH. JAMA. 1911;LVI(15):1088–1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560150010003
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