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October 22, 1892

SPASTIC CONTRACTION OF TENSOR TYMPANI MUSCLE.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Laryngology and Otology, Medical Department Columbian University, Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(17):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420170023001i

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present, in as concise a manner as possible, a case of objective noise in the head. Objective noises in the ears are of uncommon occurrence, as only a small number of cases have been reported. The sound usually produced is said to resemble the snapping of the finger nails, or the sudden drawing apart of the finger ends when slightly moistened with saliva or a tenacious fluid (Burnett).

The case which I present was under observation many months, during which time it was the subject of considerable study, and of curiosity, to many of my colleagues.

Belton Adair, a young half-breed Chinese boy, 16 years of age, was referred to me by Dr. H. A. Robbins. His parentage is interesting. The father was one of the first Chinamen ever brought to the Atlantic Coast. He came over with Admiral Perry, and was said

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