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July 1958

Diseases of the External Ear

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(1):143. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560070147040

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The Human Ear Canal. By Eldon T. Perry, M.D. Price, $4.75. Pp. 116. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1957.

Two monographs on the same subject, one by a dermatologist and the other by an otolaryngologist, produced by the same publisher and released at the same time. What an unusual situation!

Senturia's [unk] of the External Ear" is used as a framework to record and discuss the results of an otologist's years of research into the complex problem of external ear infections. The data substantiate and are the basis of his well-known views on factors, such as removal of skin lipids, maceration, humidity, elevated temperature, sweating, lack of cerumen, etc., all of which are considered as contributing factors to otitis externa. Pertinent literature is referred to, and his own results are well documented. Of interest is his statement that the "pendulum is swinging back"; he

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