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January 6, 1917

THE PREVENTION OF CHRONIC MIDDLE EAR SUPPURATION

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(1):8-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010008003
Abstract

When we consider the frequency with which it occurs, the resistance it offers to treatment, the damage it does to hearing, and the risk it incurs to the life of the individual, the subject of chronic middle ear suppuration becomes one of importance, and the question of how best to prevent it deserves the time and attention of the section that the chairman has seen fit to assign to it.

The prevention of disease is the highest aim of the medical profession. To accomplish successfully this aim we must possess first a knowledge of the disease that we hope to prevent. A comprehensive knowledge of any disease implies a knowledge of the pathology and diagnosis. This applies especially to the subject of chronic middle ear suppuration, for the reason that it is a disease capable of manifesting itself in a variety of ways and liable to many complications. It is

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