The season just passed, since last autumn, has furnished Hudson County an admirable supply for study of catarrhal and purulent inflammations of the middle ear and mastoid. The course of these diseases has been watched with unusual interest. In dispensary there have come under my personal care 107 cases of otitis media purulenta, and 35 in private practice, 142 in all. There have been 58 cases of mastoid disease, of which 28 have been aborted and 30 have been operated on.
In 19 instances there was no opportunity to try abortive measures and the mastoid was found partially or entirely broken down. I might say two cases of drawn face were relieved by operation, and two cases of facial paralysis followed operation.1 The tip was always thoroughly cleared out.
One death occurred after three weeks, suddenly, just as an exploratory secondary operation had been decided on. A second death from
CHAMBERS TR. BACTERIOLOGICAL EXAMINATIONS OF OTITIS MEDIA PURULENTA AND SUPPURATIVE MASTOIDITIS. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(22):1405–1407. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620480025001e
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