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January 4, 1896

CHRONIC MIDDLE EAR SUPPURATION COMPLICATED WITH SUPPURATING MASTOIDITIS.PAINFUL DRESSING AFTER OPERATION UNDER HYPNOTIC SUGGESTION.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(1):9-10. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430530009001c

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Abstract

Jessie C., aged 10, was brought to me by her father with the following history: Chronic middle ear sup puration for three years, complicated by a suppurating mastoiditis on either side which had been discharging through large ragged fistulæ. The discharge was profuse, and the child had been obliged to wear a bandage around her head constantly.

The character and chronicity of the affection had caused the child to be very fretful and impatient, though she was not in the least hysterical; and her parents, who were very sympathetic, had humored her to such an extent that she was indeed a spoiled child. The father informed me also that their family physician, who had been directing a cleansing treatment, had been unable to exercise any control over her whatever. Every time he attempted to do anything the child would cry and say she would not let him touch her; whereupon

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