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January 12, 1901

Foreign Bodies in the Ear.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(2):119. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470020047017

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Binghamton, N. Y., Jan. 5, 1901.

To the Editor:  —I write to add my experience in the management of the above cases. A boy was brought to me with a grain of corn in his ear, which had defied all the efforts at removal made by his parents and friends. It had been lodged there for several days. The external ear was swollen to perhaps double its normal size, and the tumefaction of the tissues was such that the auditory canal was nearly closed. Only a small portion of the surface of the grain of corn could be seen. The parts were much inflamed and the tenderness was so acute, that no manipulations or instrumental efforts could be made without an anesthetic. I was, however, able to achieve a most gratifying success by the use of a continuous jet of warm water thrown gently against the ear by a Davidson's

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