So many factors enter into the causation of the deafness accompanying chronic middle ear catarrh that any treatment looking to the relief of the condition must be directed along several different lines. For this reason when any new treatment is presented it is, as a rule, mentioned that it is to be used in connection with the usually practiced measures. Therefore, in presenting the method I shall suggest, it is to be understood that the treatment of nasal and nasopharyngeal disease and of tubal disease will be carried out as seems necessary in each case.
Recognizing the value of heat in causing the absorption of inflammatory exudates even when such exudates have become partially organized, there has been a persistent effort on the part of otologists to devise some practical method by which this active agent may be utilized in the treatment of diseases of the middle ear. With this
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