To quote Politzer, "Most emphatically, it frequently happens that catheterism of the tube, as a diagnostic and therapeutic agent; can not be replaced by any other method." Gruber calls it "an indispensable aid to both the diagnosis and treatment of many aural affections." In agreement with these veteran otologists, I think, of the many methods of reaching and influencing diseases of the middle ear, which form the vast majority of those for which the aurist is consulted, that no one is so important as, or has the precision and efficiency of, the catheter. This is so true, though not generally accepted, that I venture to suggest that no man should claim to do the best character of aural work unless he possesses skill and dexterity in its use; the skill to enter the Eustachian orifice with reasonable promptness, fully appreciating the effect he is producing with and through it on
RICHEY SO. EUSTACHIAN CATHETERIZATION. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(20):1227–1228. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610200013001c
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