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February 23, 1901


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JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(8):495-496. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470080017001e

So much has been written upon this subject that it would seem that little remained to be said; yet the gravity of mastoid disease is such as to promptly arouse our attention and apprehension, and lead us in each instance to vigorous treatment, and therefore every observation should be of interest.

The disease, in certain seasons of the year, often prevails in almost epidemic form, and again occurs at such wide intervals as to attract notice by its infrequency, but I dare say no case ever presents itself to any one of us without causing us the deepest concern for the welfare of our patient. The anxious, distressful countenance of a typical mastoid subject at once elicits our earnest consideration and demands our most thoughtful care and treatment. The possible unfavorable result in each case brings before us vividly the fact that we have a grave disease to deal with,

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