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December 22, 1900

Foreign Bodies in the Ear.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510051014

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Philadelphia, Dec. 11, 1900.

To the Editor:  —In an abstract, from Le Presse Médicale, Paris, of an article by M. Lermoyez, the author says "that hundreds of lives would be saved every year if physicians, parents and nurses realized that a foreign body in the ear does no harm as long as it is not meddled with, etc." To any physician having a considerable experience with foreign bodies in the ear, such a statement will appear quite as ridiculous as it is untrue. In fact, the whole paragraph would indicate the writer to be a timid neophyte, whose first attempt in this line had resulted in nothing less than the tragic demise of his suffering patient at the hands of the trembling operator, whose death-dealing instrument had pierced some vital spot.In no cavity of the body, scarcely excepting the orbit, is a foreign body, if allowed to remain, capable

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