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January 31, 1903

CONSERVATISM IN THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE MASTOIDITIS.

JAMA. 1903;XL(5):293-297. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490050015001c
Abstract

Acute mastoiditis is a disease which has assumed an importance not to be gainsaid and is ripe for study in all its phases of pathology and treatment; surgically it can be so well handled that a conservative attitude should be taken only after a careful and full explanation to prevent being misunderstood; the author takes it more as comparative with the attitude of those who hold that in every case where there is evidence of mastoid involvement the external operation should be immediately performed.

A MIDDLE GROUND FOR TREATMENT.  The author also wishes it to be understood that by conservatism he does not mean inactivity, for the results of the waiting plan are replete with disaster. Ultra-conservatism in these cases is in reality a crime; cerebral complications are too grave to admit of anything but prompt and vigorous action.The main object of

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