The after-treatment for mastoid operations has been spoken of as an art. Although I have not thought of the employment of means to bring about satisfactory conclusions of simple mastoid operations as an art, I have given a great deal of thought to the matter of aiding Nature in this respect.
The objects sought for are: sound scars, good cosmetic results and the shortest possible convalescence, at all times staying within the bounds of reasonable surgical judgment.
Considering the number of "sick days" spent during convalescence from simple mastoid operations, it is surprising to note how little space has been devoted to the consideration of the management of the simple mastoid wound in thirty contributions to the literature published during the interval from 1906 to 1926.
Judging from the text of these articles and from my observations, ideas with regard to postoperative care are at great variance. In so far
ROBERTS ER. SIMPLE MASTOID WOUNDPOSTOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF SIXTY-SEVEN CASES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;11(5):583–601. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03560050057004
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