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October 10, 1966

"Cured" Cases of Otitis Media

JAMA. 1966;198(2):209. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110150157047

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To the Editor:—  Nit-picking aside, something is wrong with the current management of otitis media in children, contrary to Dr. Heller's comments (197:591, 1966) Why are we seeing so many "cured" cases, with fixed drums and deafness? Why so much chronic otorrhea with permanent perforations in drums that never saw a myringotome? Are we too satisfied with half-way technique and therapy? I make these statements in defense of the patient.