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It is not going too far to say that the treatment of acute middle ear disease largely in vogue today is, in many ways, nothing more nor less than an elaboration of that which was recommended for the same condition by our great medical genius Hippocrates more than 2,000 years ago. It would seem that ever since those ancient days, our medical fathers have striven to establish, in a more or less empirical way, their individuality upon the most remote minutiæ. For instance, on one side we have a large group of those who believed in cold, on another those who believed in hot applications. As a third class we may array those who strove to establish the proper indications for the employment of both heat and cold. And then on every hand our attention is arrested by the eternal "drop," from milk (preferably woman's milk), hyssopum, ox-gall, camomile tea,
PIERCE NH. THE MODERN PATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1284–1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030020002f
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