It is my purpose in presenting this paper to call to your attention some of the more common conditions which confront us when we have occasion to examine the ear. The two most frequent symptoms which drive the ordinary person to seek medical attention for this organ are pain and deafness, and to treat either successfully we must remember that we have to deal with symptoms and not diseases. Take the pain, for instance, and we find that it may come from an abscess of the middle ear, from an ulcerated tooth, from a furuncle in the canal, or perhaps tonsillitis or rheumatism, or some other general disturbance is at the bottom of it. We learn to recognize that deafness, too, is but a symptom, and that it may come from one of many causes.
In examining a case of earache, we thoroughly inspect the drum, noting in the first
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